Technology grant awarded

Colchester - posted Nov, 21 2013

COLCHESTER- Colchester Public Schools has been awarded a $540,712 technology grant from the State of Connecticut as part of a state effort to increase Internet bandwidth and bring more computers into classrooms. The grant was filed in response to a request for proposals issued by the state in August 2013. The State Department of Education received 128 applications from 126 cities and towns. Colchester received the sixth-highest level of funding of all applications. Since Connecticut’s adoption of Common Core State Standards, school districts have been transitioning curricula to match this new set of more rigorous standards. Colchester began the revision in 2010. Field tests of the new assessments aligned with the curricula will begin this spring, with computer-adaptive tests to follow in 2015. Colchester’s grant proposal included wiring, servers, and new switches for increasing bandwidth at all four schools, as well as some needed upgrades of computer labs. Gilbert will work with the IT team and the finance department in the coming months on purchasing and installation of the new technology.

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