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April 8, 2014 > Chromebooks rollout accelerated

Chromebooks rollout accelerated

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

All New Haven students receiving Chromebooks (laptop computers) will have them by sometime next year, instead of 2015-16, after the U.S. Department of Education approved the DistrictÕs request to accelerate the rollout of the personal notebook computers being purchased as a result of New HavenÕs successful pursuit of a federal Race to the Top grant.

As one of only 16 nationwide winners in the RTTT-District competition, New Haven is receiving more than $29 million over a four and one-half year period, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. Part of the grant is being used to purchase Chromebooks; one for every middle-school and high-school student and one for every two students to share at the elementary schools.

The Chromebooks were to be rolled out over a three-year period, with approximately one-third of the total being distributed each year. After the first distribution was completed earlier this year, however, the District requested an amendment to the Scope of Work approved last October by the Department of Education, requesting that the remaining Chromebooks be distributed next year.

A committee will be formed this spring to review device options for kindergarten, first- and second-grade students and make adoption recommendations prior to the end of the school year, Ms. Metzinger also reported. Another committee will meet during the same time period to make recommendations for devices for special education students.

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