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01/15/14

White Says Technology Improving at La. Schools

Associated Press (01/15/14) DeSlatte, Melinda

Speaking before the State House and Senate Education Committees, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White outlined the progress at the state's schools in terms of technology upgrades related to the Common Core tests. White said 58 out of 69 school districts have the Internet capacity to run online tests, while 47 districts have the desired ratio of seven students to every one computer, up from only two school systems one year ago. He told lawmakers it would take between $6 million to $20 million, not including ongoing maintenance costs or network fees, to get all districts upgraded to a basic standard of technology. In the 2015-16 school year, all students in grades 3-8 will be taking online tests aligned with Common Core. White said, "The numbers that I shared today give me great encouragement that the progress we've made is evidence that our state will be ready by that time."
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