ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana — Louisiana school districts are expected to be ready for state-mandated online testing that begins next year, and an in-house technology assessment shows Rapides has hundreds of thousands of dollars to go.
Students in fifth through eighth grades will begin taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessments next school year. In following years, it will spread to third through 11th grades.
Districts are required to have a ratio of seven students to one computer by next year, and eventually a five-to-one ratio, at each school.
The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/INjYJs ) initial costs begin with equipment — $315,000 in computers and any "peripherals" like mouse devices and headphones with a microphone. That cost will grow as the district works toward the ratio of five students to one device.
For example, to test 338 students, J.B. Nachman Elementary School in Alexandria must have 49 computers to meet the seven-to-one ratio and 68 to reach five-to-one. The school now has five, so the district will purchase 10 desktops and 34 laptops to get the school to the seven-to-one ratio.
Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com