Albuquerque Public Schools is preparing to spend millions of dollars to replace about 17,000 computers as New Mexico moves to Common Core academic standards and new computer-based tests.
APS administrators predict it will cost the district an initial $39 million to upgrade computers, bandwidth, routers and switches, and another $15 million per year to maintain the system and bandwidth.
The costs are needed so APS can comply with the requirements of PARCC – the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
The partnership is a consortium of 23 states working to create a test of the Common Core standards, which are being adopted by nearly every state. The test, which students will take on computers, will replace New Mexico’s current Standards-Based Assessment in the 2014-15 school year.
School board members expressed concern about the cost this week and suggested phasing in the changes.