1. How was the information for the State Education Policy Center collected?
The information in the State Education Policy Center was collected and curated with help from State Education Technology Direction Association (SETDA) members and their colleagues in state departments of education who have topic area expertise. In the future, additional information may be added from other sources, but that information also will be vetted by SETDA members and other state department of education staff.
2. What should I do if I see information that is inaccurate?
SETDA is committed to sharing the most accurate information possible. To report inaccurate information from all topic and subtopic pages, click on the “submit error” icon located on the right hand side of each page. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with any information and/or concerns. SETDA will research the item(s) in question with the appropriate staff at the state department of education and correct any inaccurate or outdated information.
3. What does the term “RECENTLY Updated” mean?
When information is updated (which will happen on an as needed basis), the new content is tagged with the “RECENTLY Updated” icon. This icon displays next to the new content for 3 weeks from the time of the change.
4. What does the term “Under Review” mean?
If a visitor reports a section of information as inaccurate, the “Under Review” icon is displayed adjacent to the content in question to notify viewers that the information is being researched and may or may not be accurate.
5. I have an idea about other topics that would be great additions to the center. Will other topics be added and if so, how can I suggest my topics?
Our goal is that the SEPC will be a growing database of policy information that is related to the field of education technology. If you have an idea or access to information that you think would be a good addition to the center, please contact email@example.com.
6. How do I look at information for more than one state at a time?
You can search SEPC by a specific state and/or topic. You also can download information from each state’s topic or subtopic pages into an Excel file. Currently to compare states, you can combine the Excel files to view multiple states at once. We plan to add custom filters and reporting in January 2013.
7. Why are some states missing information?
We have information from all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. We are in continuous contact with state representatives to add additional information as soon as it becomes available. Since state policies vary greatly, it is not uncommon for some states to have more information than others. For example, some states have a state network and some states do not. If you feel there is information missing in a specific area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. How do I contact a state representative?
If you are interested in learning more about a particular topic and or subtopic, you can click on the “contact” icon on any of the state topic pages. You will be prompted to complete the contact form. Please complete the form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
9. How is the State Education Policy Center (SEPC) organized?
The SEPC is organized by state and by topic. Each state has information surrounding four main topic areas (Broadband, Online Assessment, Instructional Materials and General Information). Within each topic, there are various subtopics and within the subtopic there are metrics that provide specific information. You can download information from subtopic pages.
10. Can I print subtopic pages?
We suggest downloading information instead of printing it directly from your browser. We will implement a print style sheet, but that feature will not be available until January 2013.