Fri December 7, 2012
NM School Preparing for New Testing Standards
New Mexico's largest school district plans to spend millions of dollars to adopt new testing standards and move to computer-based testing.
Albuquerque Public Schools administrators say the district estimates it will spend $39 million in capital money to upgrade 17,000 computers and computer equipment, and another $15 million annually to maintain the system.
The Albuquerque Journal (bit.ly/UryGpU) reports that the costs come in implementing requirements of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The district says about one-third of its computers don't meet requirements.
The partnership that includes 23 states is helping to create a Common Core standards test that is being adopted by nearly every state.
Students will test on the new computers starting in the 2014-15 school year. Those tests will replace the current Standards-Based Assessment.