MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The Lammersville Unified School District Governing Board approved an $80,000 expenditure on Wednesday to buy 200 more Google Chromebooks for the K-8 schools in the district.
The board voted 5-0 to buy the portable computers, which play a big part in the district’s transition to the required Common Core State Standards.
Common Core is a new curriculum designed to develop a national standardized testing method. It’s been adopted in 49 states, including California. That makes it easier for a student to move to another state and not fall behind because of different curriculum and testing methods.
Tests will focus on a student’s critical thinking, as opposed to memorization and multiple-choice answers. The objective is to make students ready for college or a career at the conclusion of high school.
Superintendent Kirk Nicholas told the board that the purchase would be funded by a state grant meant to help schools acquire the technology they need for Common Core and that none of the $80,000 would come from the district’s general fund.
The district initially approved spending $174,135.08 in March to buy 500 Chromebooks for the first students attending Mountain House High School in August.
Nicholas said that when he later asked the K-8 administrators what additional technology they wanted for the adoption of Common Core, they told him they wanted the same computers.
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