The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards are a globally recognized framework to support students, educators, and education leaders with guidelines for the skills and strategies they need to successfully navigate today’s interconnected, digital world. These standards influence many individual states’ standards, Common Core standards, and by extension, curriculum and professional development design across the country. Put it simply – these standards are important!
That’s why we’re so excited to announce that Edmentum’s EdOptions Academy, our fully accredited virtual school, recently completed the approval process and received ISTE’s Seal of Alignment for Readiness! This approval recognizes EdOptions Academy as an outstanding resource for acquiring the skills and knowledge that are outlined in the ISTE Standards. So, what did the review process entail?
ISTE representatives looked at multiple courses offered through EdOptions Academy across different content areas including English, science, math, computer programming, social studies, and electronic communication. They compared the EdOptions course content, delivery, and features to different requirements of the six main ISTE Standards for Students: Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Digital Citizenship, and Technology Operations and Concepts. After careful review, the ISTE representatives determined that EdOptions Academy courses build the critical digital skills that the standards embody.
By receiving the Seal of Approval for Readiness, Edmentum and EdOptions Academy join a small, distinguished group of online learning providers that have met rigorous criteria for high-quality, next-generation learning and digital skills. We’re extremely happy to announce this approval and are very proud of what it says about EdOptions Academy. The Edmentum team is passionate about both technology and education. We’re always working hard to develop research-backed, rigorous, and meaningful learning resources for students and teachers—we’re incredibly excited to have that hard work recognized!
To learn more about the ISTE Standards and Seal of Alignment program, check out the organization’s webpage. Interested in finding out more about how your school or district can partner with EdOptions Academy to offer your students rigorous, expanded course options? Check out our complete course listing!