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Louisiana schools lag in technology

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago September 15, 2013 Sep 15, 2013 Sunday, September 15 2013 September 15, 2013 11:10 AM in News
By: Associated Press

LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Parish schools need more computers and must upgrade current devices to keep pace with other Louisiana districts and adequately prepare for online standardized tests.

In a recent report, state education officials said the parish does not meet minimum device standards or a minimum student-to-testing-device ratio of 7:1. In addition, the districts does not currently meet 2014-15 Internet learning targets, although it does meet network bandwidth learning targets for that year.

Still, The Advertiser reports Lafayette is not alone in needing to catch up.

The report says only 12 Louisiana districts meet 2014-15 Internet bandwidth targets for daily learning and only 27 meet 2014-15 network bandwidth requirements.

The need for technology upgrades is becoming more urgent because, starting in 2014 students will be required to take online-only standardized tests.

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