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Technology for common core: Where’s the money?

Most public school students will soon be expected to take tests online because their states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. Yet with tight budgets, school districts wonder how to pay for improvements. Some may reallocate money used for textbook purchases to pay for technology. Others may use property tax dollars. Still, some worry about the additional technology needed to conduct online testing, or how to provide one computer for each child.

“We feel that we will have sufficient network capacity to handle online assessments. The challenge will be the end devices,” said Matthew Kinzie, the chief technology officer for the San Francisco Unified School District. “Is it going to be a computer, an iPad, an Android tablet, a cellphone, or something we are not thinking about right now that will be a game changer when it comes out?”

Some education experts say that common-core online testing is bigger than just taking a test at a specific moment in time, but part of a larger movement to infuse more technology into schools, changing how teachers teach and how students learn. So the same technology used to test students should also be used to teach students.

The question isn’t just where the money to do online assessments is, but where it will come from to increase technology resources, too.

Education Week, Oct. 17

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