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Instructional Technology Planning

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 visit the New York State Education Department's District Technology Planning resource pages.

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

Instructional technology planning resources

NYSED Instructional Technology Plans - New Cycle for 2018-2021. This guidance provides an overview and history of the NYSED Instructional Tech Plan (Survey) Submission, the review process to develop a new three-year plan for 2018-2021, the purpose behind the new plan template, changes in the ITP template and the process/timeline for 2018 submission.

 “Transforming Schools” is an interactive publication produced by NERIC to provide guidance around the Smart Schoolsprocess 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.