Current as of January, 2016
Kentucky Department of Education
Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services
As mandated by KRS 156.670, a plan related to purchasing, developing and using technology to accomplish specific purposes in Kentucky’s public school systems must be developed and must cover at least a five-year period. This is the fourth Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS) Master Plan for Education Technology. The previous three versions served this state very well and are the foundation to build the current Master Plan.
To develop this plan, staff at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) gathered feedback and input from the state’s 173 school districts. The KETS Master Plan 2013-2018 builds upon the state’s past successes and progress. This plan illustrates the path that will enable all students, teachers and administrators to become capable of understanding and leveraging technology. Education technology can provide students and teachers with the opportunity to realize their full potential. It extends instructional content beyond traditional school walls and leads students to where every opportunity is open to them.
This Master Plan includes information about technology unmet need for schools, districts and the state; education technology-related products and standards; and the policies and laws that affect education technology.
While the technology has changed over the years, the primary purpose of ensuring technology tools enhance the learning experience of students and help get them prepared for higher education and competitive in the workforce has not changed. Equity of access and opportunity has its roots in the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990 and will continue to be a cornerstone and driving force principle. Providing the following through technology-enabled tools also will continue to be major drivers throughout everything we do:
a more informative and engaging experience for students
addressing the different learning and teaching styles of all students and teachers
deepening the understanding of academic content
ease of access
creation and production of products and content
gathering, analyzing and synthesizing information
communication and collaboration with others
The 2013-2018 KETS Master Plan addresses the technology unmet need for schools, districts and the state. This portion of the plan addresses both the ongoing operational, maintenance and replacement needs as well as the technology-enabled aspects of new strategic educational priorities, plans and projects. A variety of federal, state, local and personal funding sources are used to address that unmet need and are identified in the budget.
The 2013-2018 KETS Master Plan differs from previous versions in three main ways:
This plan is more closely aligned with the P-12 education strategic plan of the state and districts. The Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Board of Education strategic plan components are embedded throughout the Master Plan, and technology-enabled products and services are used to help address specific parts in those plans. The Master Plan contains a carefully planned vision, formed by overarching ideas, each comprised of clear initiatives that are intended to improve teaching, learning, efficiency, statewide collaboration and transparency to parents and the community.
The plan is informed by relevant studies, research results, audit results, survey results, customer feedback and national, state and district plans to help guide and influence the direction of the work going forward. The plan highlights key text or graphics from those materials and provides links to source documents.
Unlike previous versions, this Master Plan is intended to be read and used online versus in printed form. This plan will be much more dynamic in nature and therefore requires an electronic form rather than a pure static paper document.
The Vision: Unbridled LearningThe Strategic Plan
Technology Component: Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge
National and State Plans
Studies and Research
Surveys and ResultsSupporting Guidance
Unmet Need BudgetProduct and Technical Standards
Previous Master Plans
The 2013-2018 Master Plan is only the most recent version of a number of plans developed by the Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services for the Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS).
For a historical perspective of how far we've come, please see earlier versions of the KETS Master Plan.