Texas schools balk at state calculator requirement

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 9:34 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Local school officials say efforts to equip students with new technology are being impeded by a state directive that they must purchase costly calculators for eighth-graders.

School districts are eager to invest in iPads and other mobile devices for students. Administrators could then download a $15 application that works as a calculator.

But the Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1nhnMWc ) the state requires a graphing calculator that costs $100 a piece.

The state for now won't allow schools to use the app in lieu of the calculator because of test security concerns.

Administrators contend the state directive could slow efforts to personalize instruction if districts must redirect dollars away from "one-to-one" initiatives to supply the graphing calculators, which are required for next year's State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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