Testing monopolizes computers in Fla. district

04/14/2013 | Palm Beach Post (Fla.), The

In Palm Beach County, Fla., officials have purchased about 25,000 computers -- 30% more than their current inventory -- in part, to help accommodate new online tests. However, officials say even that purchase may not be enough to keep up with the need for new machines. Gary Weidenhamer, the district's director of educational technology, said "instruction is suffering because computers are so tied up with assessments, and we have so many assessments that classroom teachers can't get their kids on the computers for instruction."

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