Sioux Falls Students Can’t Use Computers for Tests
SIOUX FALLS – The Sioux Falls School District is spending millions of dollars on Google Chromebooks and Apple iPads. But students won’t be able to use them to take standardized tests next year.
School officials said the purchase was motivated in part by the state’s transition to online standardized testing, beginning in 2014. But the Argus Leader newspaper reports the Education Department told schools a month ago that Chromebooks and iPads won’t be compatible with the tests. Education Secretary Melody Schopp says officials haven’t decided what to do.
Schopp says she supports the Sioux Falls district’s technology purchase because testing is secondary to improving instructional tools.
District spokeswoman DeeAnn Konrad says officials are focused on new tests being developed for 2015 and beyond. Schools have been assured Chromebooks and iPads will work.
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