The Schools Board of Education of the Clarkston Community has given its approval of around US$1.5 million to improve the technology infrastructure of the district and increase the access of computers for the students across the district. The district is thinking to purchase more than three hundred and fifty new ChromeBooks to make students familiar with the technology and get them ready for the online M-STEP, that is, Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress assessment.
The superintendent of Clarkston Community Schools, Mr. Rod Rock, Ed.D., stated in a press release that to keep on performing their best, it is necessary that they provide their students and teachers with the important technical resources to assist in learning process, comprehension, and assessment.
This investment symbols the first major technology infrastructure update across the district since 2003, as stated by officials, and is funded by a grant of technology readiness infrastructure and the general investment. In addition to this procurement the ChromeBooks, the Clarkston will procure supporting equipment, which includes mice, carts, and headphones, along with the wireless installation, the data network updates, administrative and teacher workstations, and server improvement.
This procurement comes as the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Standards and Assessment has prepared an online assessment testing system, which is accessible across the state, M-STEP that substitutes the MEAP test. The Clarkston Community Schools has eight thousand students who go to seven primary schools, one middle school, one junior high school, one high school, and one alternative high school.