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
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
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 Condensed
Glossary is located in the TfAAP Resources section. A complete
glossary of terms used in the ITEA-TfAAP publications is available
as a downloadable, printable reference in PDF format through
Publications page. The document is entitled Glossary
Terms for STL, AETL, and Addenda.
* Consult the Condensed
Glossary for the applicable meaning(s) of the denoted term(s).