Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Education/Arts: Educational Data and Technology

E10 Information Services and Technology

E11 Instructional Technology Office


E10 Information Services and Technology
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Tel: 781-338-3282
Fax: 781-338-6850
www.doe.mass.edu/infoservices/data/#
E-mail: data@doe.mass.edu

For years, the Department of Education has been called upon to collect more and more data from schools.  In 1995 the Department began developing a state-of-the-art comprehensive information management system. When completed,  it will replace over 250,000 pieces of paper used each year to collect data from schools with a web-based system of smart forms which will enable districts to directly enter, edit, retrieve, and transfer data with the Department through any common web browser. In addition, the DOE IMS will provide the information infrastructure for the Education Reform Act by tracking individual student data on each of the close to one million public schools students.


E11 Instructional Technology Office
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Tel: 781-338-6935
Fax: 781-338-6850
www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/

Since the passage of Education Reform in 1994, the department has taken on an information technology initiative that focuses on the whole range of educational technology issues. The Department's initiatives are organized into three categories: improving learning opportunities for students, providing new tools to enhance the professional capabilities of teachers, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our administrative systems. Programs include: Mass Community Network (MCN), a dedicated state-wide high-speed network that will connect public schools, municipal offices, libraries, and communities; MassEd.Net the Commonwealth's new educational Internet Service Provider available at a nominal cost for educators; and Educational Technology Integration services (ETI)launched in May of 1997, an effective means for public schools, and now public libraries, to easily procure technology goods and services under the state procurement law, MGL Ch.30B.


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