Many school districts are not technologically prepared for the CCSS

Posted on Thursday, 4/11/2013 6:04 pm
With Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation deadlines approaching for many school districts, it is essential for education officials to determine the state of their technological infrastructure. Whether educators decide to invest in more portable electronic devices or software for students, technologically equipped classrooms will be a necessity once the CCSS are fully in place.
A quick look at the Common Core's website reveals how vital technology will be to instruction in several grade levels. For example, the English language arts standards for sixth-graders reveal that students will need to learn how to use technology and the internet to produce and publish their writing. Meanwhile, these standards for eighth-graders suggest teachers help their pupils evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of reading text that appears in print, digital and video formats.

No matter how educators choose to deliver CCSS-aligned lessons, it is clear that some school districts in California are not as prepared as they could be for the Common Core. Based on new statistics from the Ed-Data website, schools in the Golden State have some work to do if they are to provide more pupils with access to technology.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, there was an average of 4.7 students per computer in California. At an institution like San Marin High School, this figure was higher at 7.9 students per computer. Overall, there were 868 pupils enrolled at San Marin and 110 computers available to them. Meanwhile, at James Leitch Elementary School, there was an average of 39.5 students per computer.

While these are just two of many schools nationwide, they provide an example of how much work needs to be done for students to have the learning tools they require to succeed academically and professionally.

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