(KADN) — Louisiana schools that are technology-ready have increased by almost 25% since July 2013, according to a semi-annual report by the Louisiana Department of Education.
In a press release issued on February 5, the state’s Department of Education says that since July 2011, over 41,300 computing devices have been upgraded and an additional 87,471 devices have been purchased, by school districts across the state.
Now 906 schools and 47 school districts meet the state’s minimum technology standard with a minimum ratio of seven students for every one computing device.
The department of Education says the new Louisiana Technology Footprint report is up from 798 tech-ready schools and 38 tech-ready districts in July 2013, and 337 schools and only 2 districts in July 2012.
Nine school districts, including: Ascension Parish, Calcasieu Parish, Cameron Parish, (1:1), City of Bogalusa Schools, Claiborne Parish, Iberville Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Helena Parish, (1:1), St. James Parish (1:1) have all achieved a student to device ratio of 3:1.
Cameron Parish, St. Helena Parish, and St. James Parish school districts have a 1:1 student to device ratio.
School districts that have met or exceeded the state’s minimum technology standard, utilized the federal government’s E-Rate program to purchase hardware, software, and services. The E-Rate program gives schools broadband internet, network infrastructure, and other telecommunication needs at a discounted price.
Louisiana districts received more than $36.5 million from E-Rate reimbursements, according to the DOE.
The DOE also says, the state has saved schools $14 million in computer, software, and service costs over the past two years, through negations with technology companies.
School Districts have also increased their internet bandwidth and local network capacity. Now 58 school districts have adequate internet capacity and 66 districts have adequate network infrastructure compared to 36 in both categories from the July 2012 report.
State Superintendent White spoke of the technology upgrades in the press release saying,
"Technology is not just about taking tests. It's about the way we live day-to-day and the world that our students will enter as adults. Louisiana will insist on technology readiness until all students have the technology they need to learn.”
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