National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)


Widely adopted and recognized in the United States, and increasingly adopted in countries worldwide, the NETS integrate educational technology standards across all educational curricula. While most educational standards apply to a specific content area, the NETS are not subject-matter specific, but rather a compendium of skills required for students to be competitive and successful in a global and digital world.


The NETS address learning and teaching across entire educational systems and at all student levels.

The NETS are used for technology planning and curriculum development across primary and secondary school settings.

The NETS transform how students learn and how teachers teach.


Supporting a New Generation of Technology Standards

To address the rapid changes in technology, instruction, and learning environments, ISTE recently led a collaborative, international effort to refresh the NETS. Thousands of educators and education leaders participated in the project, resulting in the release of the refreshed standards beginning in 2007.


  NETS•S: The skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in a digital world.
NETS•T: The skills and knowledge educators need to change the way they teach, the way they work, and the way they learn in an increasingly connected global and digital society.
NETS•A: The skills and knowledge school administrators and leaders need to lead and sustain a culture that supports digital-age learning, builds a vision for technology infusion, and transforms the instructional landscape