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Federal stimulus and high-stakes testing merge in Hillsborough



TAMPA -- Ever wonder what sorts of school construction projects are getting paid for by the federal stimulus? Or how Florida schools will ever manage to reach the state's goal of eventually doing all testing on computers?

Get both questions answered in the agenda to tomorrow's Hillsborough County School Board meeting. The board plans to sign off on projects that will convert one or two classrooms in each school to "high stakes testing laboratories."

The idea, as first described by officials last spring, is to create dual-use classrooms that can accomodate either traditional classes or a full room of test-takers. (The students who call that their classroom will have to clear out -- perhaps to the library or another room -- when other kids are being tested.) Convertible furniture will hide computers when they're not being used.

The construction budget for two related projects comes to around $2.2 million. And Uncle Sam is paying the bill through the American Reconstruction and Reinvestment Act, the federal stimulus.


[Last modified: Monday, September 20, 2010 1:40pm]


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