Technological Literacy Standards

Project Status
November 02, 2017

Learn about the TfAAP project and view the Standards document.

Technology for All Americans Project

NoteThe ITEA-TfAAP webpages are intended to present the reader with an historical perspective of the project and the ground-breaking work it accomplished. The TfAAP web pages are archival and will not continue to be updated. After the TfAAP web pages were archived in January 2006, ITEA had a name change and became the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). The name was not changed on these archival pages.

The International Technology Education Association (ITEA) launched its Technology for All Americans Project (TfAAP) in 1994, in answer to the growing number of voices world-wide that were calling for the mandatory study of technology* by school-aged children. Seen as a means through which future generations could become Technologically Literate Citizens, this goal could not be pursued in the U.S. until formal educational standards* had been developed. Consequently, TfAAP was initiated with the ultimate aim of producing technological literacy standards* with nationwide applicability.

TfAAP was administered through ITEA and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The project successfully achieved and surpassed its initial goals before it ended in October 2005. The TfAAP legacy includes A Call To Action for educators, politicians, and concerned citizens.

Though TfAAP has ended, ITEA continues to actively work to promote standards-based* Technology Education reform. The standards and other relevant documents authored by TfAAP can be purchased from ITEA or downloaded from the Publications section of this web area in read only, PDF format. Administration of the cadre of professionals trained by ITEA and TfAAP to offer workshops* designed to assist professional educators advance standards-based reform* was turned over to the Center to Advance the Teaching of Technology and Science (CATTS), a division of ITEA, when TfAAP ended.

All publications authored by TfAAP contain terms that are defined in a manner specific to education in general and technological literacy* in particular. Applying different or additional meanings to these terms may misconstrue the intent. Terms used in this web area that might be subject to misinterpretation are italicized (e.g., technological literacy*). To ensure clarity, a Glossary is provided which contains the terms and phrases used throughout the project-related pages.