Common Core and the Broadband Infrastructure Challenge

The implementation of the Common Core in our schools is producing some challenges, especially those with out a robust broadband connection to the Internet, and class rooms filled with modern computers that work.

Common Core testing is all done on computers, laptops or tablets, depending on the how the school is equipped to connect to the Internet.

I was reading a report by Jan Collins on attending the Common Core State Standards: Pleasant Valley School District Board Meeting November 12, 2013, when I saw this sentence, and it reminded me of  some of the other computer related issues that schools are having.

The [Pleasant Valley District] schools don’t have the high speed network to be able to have a big classroom of kids on the internet at once or the system bogs down.

I was chatting with my oldest granddaughter about Common Core and implementation in her Granite Bay High School.  She said the Common Core testing is easy once the teachers get everyone on line. She goes on to explain that there is only one version of the Common Core test and all the students have to take the test at the same time, a real challenge when 30 students are trying get a disparate collection of computers online, all logged in to the Common Core Testing Site.  “Computers screens go blank, slow students keep hitting the wrong keys requiring a start over, and it just goes on and on until everyone is connected” she said.

Sierra Montessori Charter School was Common Core Beta Test Site. They have wireless broadband, but discovered that your typical broadband connection was inadequate.  Most broadband connections have higher download speeds than upload speeds.  When 30 students are answering test questions, the upload speed become more important than the down load speeds. This required Sierra Montessori Charter School to buy industrial grade broadband access, with higher upload speeds.

How can the community implement Common Core testing when all the schools do not have the required broadband Internet infrastructure?  Those that have it have an advantage over those that do not. What about your children’s or grandchildren’s school, do they have the required broadband?

Your thoughts?

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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4 Responses to Common Core and the Broadband Infrastructure Challenge

  1. Dena says:

    I think common core may be the sight reading of the 2010’s. You need to look at the attached link to see that there is another side and it may not be very good. Common core hasn’t been tested and we are going to switch the entire education system over to an untested idea. This doesn’t sound like a formula for great things but more like a progressive idea for factory teaching that will produce an easy to control population of uneducated. drones.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/08/teachers-complain-common-core-linked-lessons-little-more-than-scripts-to-read/

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