Louisiana Schools Lack Technology to Advance

Judy Hartnett's picture
Monday, July 16, 2012

A survey of Louisiana schoolsshows most are lacking the technology and facilities needed to conduct on-line testing that's to be part of a new Common Core Curriculum to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

The Department of Education asked school systems around the state to report the numbers of computers available to students, their operating speed, the type of Internet connections and bandwidth available and where to computers were located, such as in classrooms or computer laboratories.

That "Technology Footprint" shows a shortfall in computers, high-speed Internet connections and facilities in which testing can be conducted.

"We must believe our students and teachers can achieve great things, but they need access to the right technology to do so," Superintendent of Education John White said in a news release. "We are not there yet. Too few schools are ready for the digital age. If we plan now, and invest our funds wisely, we can change this."

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