Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, commonly called STL, and Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy: Student Assessment, Professional Development, and Program Standards, commonly called AETL, are companion publications that together articulate a complete set of technological literacy standards and identify a vision for developing a technologically literate citizenry.
STL identifies content necessary for K-12 students, including knowledge, abilities, and the capacity to apply both to the real world. The standards in STL were built around a cognitive base as well as a doing/activity base. They include assessment checkpoints at specific grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12). STL articulates what needs to be taught in K-12 laboratory-classrooms to enable all students to develop technological literacy. The goal is to meet all of the standards through the benchmarks, which are included in STL. Standards are written statements about what is valued that can be used for making a judgment of quality. STL is NOT a curriculum.
AETL identifies the means for the implementation of STL in K-12 laboratory-classrooms. AETL contains three separate but interrelated sets of standards: student assessment practices to be used by teachers, professional development* to assure effective and continuous in-service and pre-service education for teachers of technology, and detailed program standards that delineate educational requirements used to promote the development of technological literacy.
For information regarding the development of STL and AETL, visit Phase II and Phase III respectively in the TfAAP History section.
When this page was archived (January 2006) STL had been translated into Finnish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Estonian, Greek, and German. The translations could be viewed by visiting the website of the relevant ITEEA International Center.


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