Technology upgrades proposed for Jefferson schools
HARVEY- 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 Times-Picayune reports the test won't go into effect until late 2014, but teachers will start teaching to the new standards this fall.
In the interim, districts must rush to upgrade their technology to administer the tests, which are given entirely on computer.