The ATTAIN act was included in the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension committee’s proposal of the Elementary and Seconddary Education with Flexibility Reauthorization. Just last week the ATTAIN act was hanging in the balnce as it was not initially included in the Senate HELP committee’s Flexibility reauthorization. However, ATTAIN act sponsor and US Senator Jeff Bingaman’s address for inclusion of the act has proven successful. In 2009, Jeff Bingaman introduced the ATTAIN act to help further reinforce the tenants of the EETT act, which had began to lose support.
This decrease in support was from those that hold the view that technology integrated education has been failing. However, many of these opponents conveniently overlook the fact that early attempts to integrate technology have been ineffective because their implementation has perpetuated the teacher-centered approached to learning that has managed to leave many behind. The ATTAIN act was written to ensure that academic content is created to ensure that students are technologically literate and not just instructors who are the primary users of most of the technology toolst that are in schools. Knowing how to operate SMART devices and web surfing isn’t the beginning and end of everything that a student needs to know to make them technologically literate. Being technologically literate means knowing how to incorporate technology to further develop one’s complex thinking and higher order learning. It is when one goes from being a user of technology to a creator and facilitator of new ideas and concepts that can be brought from abstract thought to concrete projects that will continue to take us into the ever-growing greatness that is the destiny of our future as a nation. In the state of Louisiana, legislation such as EETT and ATTAIN are vital to combatting our high dropout rates that have placed use third last in education in our nation.
The growth of online public schools in the state of Louisiana has flourished within the past two years. These programs make learning more flexible for learners thus increasesthe likelihood of their not giving up on school. The increase of such programs growth might not have taken place without the Bush administration’s Enchancing Education Through Technology Act (EETT) – Part D. of the No Child Left Behind Act – and Jeff Bingaman’s Achievement Through Technology and Innovation act (ATTAIN). Indeed, we would be without online public schools such as the Louisiana Virtual School, Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, and Louisiana Connections Academy.
To learn more about the ATTAIN act, visit Achievement Through Technology and Innovation Act of 2011