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Governor: $24 Million in School Technology Grants Will Aid Common Core Compliance (11/15/13) Fyke, Corey

More than $24 million in grant requests will be funded in Connecticut to add more computers in classrooms and boost Internet bandwidth to support the transition to the Common Core State Standards and the computer-based Smarter Balanced assessments. Given that grant requests surpassed the original $10 million allocation, the state is seeking additional bond funding. According to State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, "Supporting a successful transition to the Common Core State Standards means ensuring that schools and classrooms are equipped with the right tools. Technology enhancements are necessary to enable students to benefit from the next generation of computerized adaptive assessments. But, even more importantly, these tech improvements provide essential tools for ever more engaging teaching and learning in today's classrooms. As districts complete their transition to the new standards and assessments, this grant offers significant support." All of the state's public school districts will administer the Smarted Balanced assessments for math and English language arts beginning in the 2014-15 school year, but they will continue to administer the CMT and CAPT assessments for science.
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