New technology needed for online student testing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee schools need to upgrade technology in time for new online student assessments in the 2014-2015 school year.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, there's no clear indication yet where the money is coming from.

The state committed to students taking a new, more universal exam when it applied to get federal funding through the Race to the Top education initiative. State officials then joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career consortium. There are 23 states working together to create a common assessment in reading and math skills.

State officials say it's too early to talk about possible technology funding in the new fiscal year budget.

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