Virginia K-12 Information Technology (IT) Program
About the Virginia K-12 Information Technology (IT) Program
Virginia’s K-12 Information Technology (IT) Program provides support and outreach to K-12 school division technology leaders in several strategic priority areas:
The strategic priorities of the K-12 IT Program are:
- Provide resources and tools to assist schools with network infrastructure and broadband technologies
- Assist schools with the E-rate process to get the discounts they need for Internet access and internal Wi-Fi connections
- Build the capacity of school division technology directors to lead and implement digital equity strategies and solutions in their division and community
- Provide resources, technical assistance, and professional development on information security and student data privacy issues
- Develop partnerships with cloud providers to offer ongoing education, training, resources, and strategy assistance for school cloud migration.
- Create greater communication and collaboration among division technology leaders through conference participation at the Leading Ed Forum, regional technology meetings, and the MS Teams channel- Technology Directors-VA school divisions
K-12 IT Advisory
The K-12 IT Advisory assists the VDOE with issues and innovation in network infrastructure and broadband technologies, K-12 Advisory drives leadership, guidance, and support for K-12 technology initiatives in Virginia.
Resources & Tools for K-12 Network Infrastructure & Broadband Technologies
Broadband Connectivity Capability Reports
- 2017 KLIP Broadband Connectivity Capability Survey Full Report – ADA Compliant Version-This is a Word document.
- 2017 KLIP Broadband Connectivity Capability Survey Full Report-This is a PDF document.
- 2017 KLIP Broadband Connectivity Capability Survey One Page Report-This is a PDF document.
- 2018 KLIP Broadband Connectivity Capability Survey Full Report – ADA Compliant-This is a Word document.
- 2018 KLIP Broadband Connectivity Capability Survey Full Report-This is a PDF document.
- 2019 KLIP Broadband Connectivity Capability Survey Report
- 2020 Virginia K-12 Broadband Report (Connect K-12)
Compare & Connect K-12, a free tool developed by EducationSuperHighway, enables school divisions, state leaders and service providers to compare the broadband deals for each school division throughout the state.
- Prince William County Public Schools Negotiates Better Deal
- How the Virginia DOE and Orange County Leveraged E-rate
- How a division leader persisted in bringing fiber to her schools
E-rate Resources for Virginia Applicants
The Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, helps ensure that schools and libraries can obtain high-speed Internet access and telecommunications at affordable rates. E-rate related questions should be directed to VDOE’s learning infrastructure coordinator at email@example.com or 804-786-9281; or by contacting the USAC Client Services Bureau at 888-203-8100.
State Match Information
Proceeds from School Educational Technology Notes – issued by the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) and administered by VDOE – provide $15 million in additional funding for E-rate category one special construction services. Go to Educational Technology Notes for information regarding the state match process.
To assist school divisions in procuring the best high-speed broadband options, E-rate program templates are available. The template includes tips, guidance on the Form 470 process and things to consider about managing upgrade from deployment and beyond.
On July 8, 2019, the VDOE held its first Digital Equity Summit as a pre-conference to the larger Virginia is for ALL Learners: Education Equity Summer Institute. The goal of the Summit was to bring K-12 leaders and other community stakeholders together to talk about the factors that contribute to digital equity and to learn more about solutions. Digital equity problems impact our K-12 students’ ability to access educational opportunities that support learning, student internships, communicating with employers, and accessing online learning. This web page contains additional information on the Summit and resources on digital equity. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Information Security & Student Data Privacy
- Dr. Susan M. Clair, Office of Technology