Administering Technology in Schools

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This page provides in one place a variety of Virginia Department of Education and other governmental links that support the work of educators involved with implementing their division technology plan. The information is of use to Technology Directors, Instructional Technology Resource Teachers (ITRTs), Librarians and Teachers regarding technology in Virginia’s schools.

Regulations & Requirements

Standards of Quality

  • § 22.1-253.13:1. Standard 1. Instructional programs supporting the Standards of Learning and other educational objectives. (SOL include “proficiency in the use of computers and related technology”)
  • § 22.1-253.13:2. Standard 2. Instructional, administrative, and support personnel. (ITRT and Technical Support positions required)
  • § 22.1-253.13:3. Standard 3. Accreditation, other standards, assessments, and releases from state regulations. (SOA includes technology integration)
  • § 22.1-253.13:4. Standard 4. Student achievement and graduation requirements. (virtual course requirement for diploma)
  • § 22.1-253.13:5. Standard 5. Quality of classroom instruction and educational leadership. (all instructional personnel “proficient in the use of educational technology consistent with its comprehensive plan for educational technology”; professional development offered ”designed to facilitate integration of computer skills and related technology into the curricula” and “technology applications to implement the Standards of Learning”)
  • § 22.1-253.13:6. Standard 6. Planning and public involvement. (requirement for state technology plan and division technology plans aligned to state plan)

Multidivision Online Providers

  • § 22.1-212.23. Approval of multidivision online providers; contracts with local school boards. (sets out requirements and processes for approval of multidivision online providers)

Acceptable Use Policies and Internet Safety

  • § 22.1-70.2. Acceptable Internet use policies for public and private schools. (requirement for acceptable use policies, filtering systems, and Internet safety programs)

Assistive Technology

  • § 22.1-217.02. Individualized education programs; children identified as deaf or hard-of-hearing. (assistive technology)

Educational Technology Foundations

  • § 22.1-212.2:2. Educational technology foundations and public school foundations. (authority and guidelines for divisions to establish educational technology foundations)

e-Textbooks and Other Electronic Media

  • § 22.1-238. Approval of textbooks. (definition of textbook includes electronic media)

Instructional Technology Resource Teachers (ITRTs)


Virginia Teacher Computer Purchase Program

With the Virginia Teacher Computer Purchase Program (managed by VITA), teachers may purchase products, available from state contracts at state discounts from current suppliers who have agreed to participate in this program. The covered personal computers are all Intel/Microsoft Windows based products. Apple Macintosh products are not available under this program at this time.

Technology in Data & Testing

Records Management

Instructional Resources


  • Textbook Procurement(from § 22.1-238: the term "textbook" means print or electronic media for student use that serves as the primary curriculum basis for a grade-level subject or course.”

Content Area Resources

Open Education Resources (OER)

Special Education