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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

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.