Schools to use PARCC tech regardless of law - KLFY News 10

Schools to use PARCC tech regardless of law

Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau says The PARCC Assessment isn't your father's standardized test.

"We increased not only our bandwidth, but also the infrastructure for wireless in the classrooms and also computers and the software. All of those things together, yes, we probably spent $3 million to $4 million," said Puyau.

Technology updates were needed, regardless of Common Core or PARCC, said Puyau.

But, the parish will have spent over $8 million on its implementation of PARCC by 2018, he said.

According to documents from the parish school board, by that time, the parish will have spent $2 million on infrastructure for internet access, $1.6 million on teacher technology training, $4.2 million on new hardware and $200,000 on new software.

Last Wednesday, Gov. Bobby Jindal asked PARCC to leave.

Jindal alleged PARCC wasn't the cheapest option for the state to test common core standards; leaving the state Department of Education looking for other options.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Jindal said no matter what assessment is chosen for Common Core the new technology will meet the standards:

"New assessments are all moving online, and the technologies purchased by districts will be used to further education regardless of which test is used. The investment that districts have made in technology will be put to good use for our children as soon as DOE reveals its plan for an RFP and a new assessment that follows the law."

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