2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Cox
Work Group to Review Use of Chromebooks (language only)

Item 139 #12h

Item 139 #12h

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 131, after line 43, insert:

"l. The Department of Education is directed to convene a workgroup to review the current utilization of separate computer labs in schools for instruction and testing requirements and consider a transition to the usage of Chromebooks and similar other types of tablets or laptop computers in the classroom for students to use as an integrated part of instruction and Standards of Learning testing using the TestNav 8 software system upgrades.  The workgroup shall review the Department's Virginia Digital Textbook Marketplace contract and guidelines for the implementation of the pilot projects established in eight school divisions in the 2015-2016 school year and review the effectiveness of the pilots at the end of the year for improving academic success.  Further, the workgroup shall  consider repurposing new issuances for educational technology grants to be used to purchase or lease Chromebooks or similar laptop devices.  The workgroup shall consist of the Superintendent of Instruction, or his designee, key staff from the Department, superintendents from each of the eight superintendent regions, selected legislative and staff members from the General Assembly and other stakeholders. "  


(This language amendment establishes a workgroup to review the transition from the use of computer labs in schools to the use of Chromebook tablets and similar laptop devices in classrooms.)