Local Schools Describe Costs of New Student Assessment, State Reports Savings

While the State Department of Education reports cost-savings associated with the new student assessment, PARCC, local school systems describe cost increases to administer the exam, according to the Maryland Reporter.

The expense of implementing and administering the exam range from technology updates to staffing, as described in the Maryland Reporter,

Costs associated with outfitting schools with Wi-Fi, the purchase of computer tablets to take the exams, training and even hiring people to serve as graders for manual portions of the exam – at about $13 per hour –are part of the local tab needed to support the PARCC tests given last year in certain grades to Maryland public school students.

For more information, read the whole story from the Maryland Reporter.