U.S. Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, Judy Biggert, R-Ill., and Ron Kind, D-Wisc., introduced the Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) Act. The bill would require states to assess students' technology literacy by eighth grade.
It would add support for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program for disadvantaged schools and children, funding professional development, equipment, and reform. It places a priority on schools that need improvement, including those with a high percentage of students with limited English proficiency and those with disabilities.
"One of the most effective ways we can sharpen America's competitive edge is by investing in technology in the classroom," Hinojosa said in a prepared statement. "This bill will further the technological prowess of our nation's schools and students and will ultimately increase our economic prosperity and capacity for innovation."
The Consortium for School Networking, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Software & Information Industry Association, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association, have backed the bill, which is proposed as part of the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.