Testing 550,000 kids at once takes a lot of bandwidth


GROTON –  Along with the advent the new Common Core curriculum being rolled out statewide and the new Smarter Balance test that goes with it comes the need for more computers and Internet bandwith.

Districts can stop stockpiling those No. 2’s because the new tests will be given totally on line.

As such, the state is planning to dish out $24 million in technology grants to help districts add computers and upgrade technology.  

Last week, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the planned distribution of $24 million in technology grants — more than double the original $10 million allocated by the state for the project.

The state received 128 applications, covering 126 cities and towns across the state. Malloy told a convention of school board members and superintendents in Groton last week, he intended to hand out grants to all that applied.

    By 2014-15, every public school district will administer the Smarter Balanced Assessment System and the state will sunset the administration of the math and English Connecticut Mastery and Connecticut Academic Performance tests. Some districts plan to start the new tests this spring.

 The grant formula is based on town wealth and a 20 percent-80 percent sliding scale.

 Here are what local communities will receive:

 Ansonia $311,646

Bridgeport $899,797

Derby $115,527

Fairfield $167,376

Milford $230,474

Seymour $245,356

Shelton $256,897

Stratford $154,231

Trumbull $81,641

Linda Lambeck