Texas schools balk at state calculator requirement - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Texas schools balk at state calculator requirement

Posted: Updated:

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.

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices