Assessment Technology

Assessment Technology

The New York State School Technology Voucher Program (NYS-STVP) resulted from a $225 million settlement between New York State and Microsoft Corporation. 

A fund equal to one-half of the unclaimed and unredeemed portion of the $225 million settlement is allocated to eligible New York State schools in the form of vouchers to reimburse their purchases of qualifying computer technology products and services. Nearly $52 million in technology vouchers were made available to eligible NYCDOE schools in mid-September 2013.

"Eligible schools" are defined in the Settlement Agreement as those in which at least 50 percent of the attending students during the 2011-2012 school year were eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). 

For a complete list of eligible NYCDOE schools, please see links below:
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Here are some resources to help schools use the NYS-STVP funding:

Before making purchases using NYS-STVP funds, eligible schools should review the guidance about products that are eligible for purchase using the “general purpose voucher” or “specific category software voucher” (see pages 33–35 of the Microsoft Settlement Agreement). Note that for software to be eligible for reimbursement using the “specific category software voucher,” it must fall into one of the following categories:
  • operating system software
  • word processing software
  • spreadsheet software
  • presentation software
  • desktop relational database software oriented toward single users and typically residing on a standard personal computer
  • web-authoring software
  • productivity suite software
  • encyclopedia software
  • server software, including client access licenses 

For any questions please contact techreadiness@schools.nyc.gov.