Technology Upgrades Proposed for Louisiana District

Monday, April 1, 2013

As school districts struggle to find ways to pay for technology upgrades to administer a new slate of standardized tests, the Jefferson Parish superintendent says it could cost up to $40 million to fully equip the district.

James Meza admits the estimate is high and that it would provide for upgrades beyond the minimum required by the state.In an effort to raise the bar for students, Louisiana in 2009 joined a coalition of 46 states to create a set of uniform educational standards.

The result was what is now called the Common Core: a list of what students in all participating states should know and be able to do at each grade level in English and math. All of the participating states have agreed to redesign their curriculum based on the new standards, making them essentially nationwide goals.

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