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White says technology improving at La. schools

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Posted: Jan 15, 2014 5:34 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Nearly all of Louisiana's public school districts have the capability to administer online tests, while about two-thirds reach the minimum student-to-computer ratio sought by the state.

That was the assessment Wednesday from Superintendent of Education John White.

White was outlining to lawmakers how Louisiana's school systems are faring in adding the technology needed to comply with the testing tied to the new Common Core educational standards.

White says 58 of Louisiana's 69 districts have the Internet capacity to run online tests. He says 47 districts have the desired ratio of seven students to every one computer.

The superintendent told the House and Senate education committees that it would take from $6 million to $20 million to get all districts upgraded to the basic standard. That doesn't include ongoing maintenance costs.

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