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Preparing for the Common Core State Standards

on November 29, 2012

In the world of K-12 education, the push toward compliance with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) assessments is just around the corner. The upside of this change: School districts in the majority of states will be testing students on similar (if not the same) curriculum. The downside: Significant changes in assessments, especially the way they are delivered, will need to occur between now and the 2014-2015 school year. In short, adherence to Common Core guidelines will force school districts across the nation to rethink the way they handle networking and computing in a number of mission-critical areas. This CDE white paper will provide a roadmap for meeting some of those challenges, give more information about the significance of the CCSS, and help school districts identify issues and concerns these new requirements can create. It will spotlight solutions such as LAN and WAN support, backup services and others that can help online assessments run smoothly. Backed by data from a recent CDE research survey, the goal of this paper is to outline how the CCSS juggernaut provides school districts with a golden opportunity to reinvest in infrastructure, and offer suggestions for how to make it all happen.

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