We recognize and celebrate that today's learners must be prepared to flourish in a continually changing digitally rich landscape. It is estimated that 65% of children entering elementary school will ultimately work in jobs that don't exist today (reference: 2016 World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education). To prepare our students to redefine what is possible and for future success (college and career), both students and teachers will need access to infrastructure, devices, digital tools and resources, digital curriculum and assessment, personalized learning applications, and digital experiences that reshape the use of space and time that can be embedded seamlessly into powerful learning experiences. This KETS Master Plan represents statewide guidance for the next six years. The Master Plan standards, budget projections and areas of emphasis are intended to be carried out over time with progress reported annually to the Kentucky Board of Education (specifically focused on budgeting unmet need and offers of assistance). Ultimately, the goal of this plan is to provide each Kentucky student with the skills, understandings and confidence she or he needs to be successful and lead in the digital age. It is intentionally designed to meet the requirement for providing equitable access to educational opportunities. A collaborative effort from all partners is essential to continue to accelerate and improve upon the emphasis set forth in this plan — from Pre-K–12 to postsecondary, classroom teachers to local and state policy-makers, libraries to businesses, and students to parents — it will take everyone partnering and working side-by-side.
This master plan led with an executive summary and an introduction which was immediately followed with details connecting this plan with 1) the KDE strategic planning process, 2) national education technology planning (including frameworks and models from other states), and 3) school district technology planning. Finally, highlighted are key areas of emphasis that spell out areas of acceleration (initiatives going well that need to be continued) and areas of improvement (initiatives to get better) and the technology need budget projections for the next six years.
FURTHER INFORMATION: KETS Master Plan Website
To prepare this fifth edition of the KETS Master Plan, the Kentucky Department of Education team, along with many partners, analyzed relevant research and data, reviewed many national and state reports, and prepared summaries of relevant findings. Also published were studies, models, and other resources that provide more background and details for a number of the recommendations in this plan. This KETS Master Plan and accompanying materials are available on the Kentucky Department of Education website. This plan is a living document and will be updated as needed.
Office of Education Technology
Division of School Technology Planning and Project Management
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2020 ext. 2202
Fax (502) 564-1519