National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has developed the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students, Teachers, and Administrators. The goal is to define standards for integrating curriculum technology, technology support, and standards for student assessment and evaluation of technology use.
A major component of the NETS Project is the development of a general set of profiles describing technology-literate students at key developmental points in their precollege education. These profiles reflect the underlying assumption that all students should have the opportunity to develop technology skills that support learning, personal productivity, decision making, and daily life. These profiles and associated standards provide a framework for preparing students to be lifelong learners who make informed decisions about the role of technology in their lives.
These profiles are indicators of achievement at certain stages in PreK-12 education. They assume that technology skills are developed by coordinated activities that support learning throughout a student's education. These skills are to be introduced, reinforced, and finally mastered, and thus, integrated into an individual's personal learning and social framework. They represent essential, realistic, and attainable goals for lifelong learning and a productive citizenry. The standards and performance indicators are based on input and feedback from educational technology experts as well as parents, teachers, and curriculum experts. In addition, they reflect information collected from professional literature and local, state, and national documents.