Districts Buying Technology For Common Core Testing

KQED-FM San Francisco (12/4, Korbey) reports in its “Mind/Shift” blog that a recent Pioneer Institute report found that transition to Common Core will cost school districts “approximately $16 billion over seven years.” A major portion of that is “technology required for Common Core-aligned testing.” That is because both the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) must be taken on digital devices. The article says that many districts are acquiring and deploying technology without adequately considering future needs or possible uses for the devices beyond Common Core test taking.