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Instructional Technology Planning

*NEW* Changes to the Instructional Technology Plan submission, certification and approval process

Changes have been made to the Instructional Technology Plan process. In 2017, districts will not be required to provide an update, but may do so, in order to ensure alignment with Smart Schools Investment Plans. In 2018, a new three-year plan will be required, and annual updates for years 2 and 3 will be optional.

More information about these changes can be found here.

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If you have questions about the instructional technology planning process, please contact the NERIC Review team at

Information for districts

RIC reviewers are beginning to receive a steady stream of tech plan submissions from districts in the region. Please note the reviewers are in the process of assigning tech plans and are beginning to review submitted plans. For those districts that have submitted, you should be hearing soon from your RIC reviewer with a further update.

An issue for many districts has been where to find the button allowing you to roll over much of your tech plan from last year (the “Roll Over Previous Answers” button). The Roll Over button must be clicked before entering and saving any data – otherwise it will disappear. If data is entered and saved, the only way to get the Roll Over button back is to delete all the data that has been entered.

The Roll Over button can be found at the beginning of the tech plan survey. NYSED recently added the words “This must be done before entering any new answers” into the business portal in hopes that this will minimize the number of users who make this error.

Further guidance about use of this Roll Over button can be found directly on NYSED’s resource page at

NYSED has also recently posted an extensive FAQ regarding the Instructional Technology Plan Survey. Included are instructions on and troubleshooting accessing the Business Portal, important dates and deadlines, differences between the 2015 and 2016 surveys and much more. Access the entire FAQ.

  • View the May 3, 2016 webinar for an orientation to the plan submission process as well as a review of the changes to this year’s survey.
    • A link to the recorded webinar can be accessed here.
      • Once the Recording Information tab opens in your web browser, click on the Playback button. The 1-hour video will buffer for a bit, but then will begin playing. You’ll notice icons at the top right of your page:WebEx icons =Q&A panel/Video panel/Participants panel/TOC panel. The Q&A panel is helpful to follow. You can open the Q&A panel by clicking on the Q&A panel iconWebEx icon at the top right of the page to follow the questions asked and answered throughout the presentation.
    • View the webinar slides here.

About instuctional technology planning

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires all public school districts in the state to submit instructional technology plans, as outlined in Part 100.12 of the commissioner's regulations. The purpose of these plans is to:

  • Support the current and future use of educational technology in districts statewide
  • Prepare districts for funding opportunities
  • Eliminate redundant data collection initiatives

Additionally, districts that include investments in high-speed broadband or wireless connectivity and/or learning technology equipment or facilities as part of their Smart Schools Investment Plan must have a submitted and approved instructional technology plan on file with NYSED.

Districts that have traditionally utilized Model Schools services, either from NERIC or their regional BOCES, to assist in crafting instructional technology plans are encouraged to begin conversations with those service providers about updating their plans.

For more information, please see the NYSED 2016 Field Memo.

Instructional technology planning resources

Smart SchoolsTransforming Schools” is an interactive publication produced by NERIC to provide guidance around the process of instructional technology planning and the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Transforming Schools focuses on the “new classroom” and offers guidance on how k-12 educational leaders can help move their districts toward a “School 3.0” approach to teaching and learning.