Maryland is switching to new online standardized tests, but the change comes with a hefty price tag.
According The Baltimore Sun, Maryland’s public schools would have to make $100 million dollars in upgrades to administer the new exams, which are aligned with the new Common Core standards.
The paper quotes from a new Maryland Department of Education report to the General Assembly.
The tests are required by the state by the spring of 2015 and some schools are already claiming they would have to purchase thousands of new computers – and make space for them — to make it happen.
In March, one classroom in each school in the state will field test the new exams, which are supposed to be more rigorous than the current tests, and are called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The exams will take place over the course of nine days and students will be tested for nearly twice as many hours.
“The big takeaway was that the biggest impediment to making sure that the PARCC tests come off a year from now, without the kind of problems we’ve had with the health exchange website, is too many of the counties are too far behind in investing in their digital infrastructure,” said Sen. James C. Rosapepe, a member of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee whose district includes parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.
Baltimore County schools superintendent Dallas Dance previously said that Common Core is “building the plane as we fly it.”
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.