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Common Core highlights school’s need for wireless internet
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012 17:14 PM

Thanks to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools across the country are receiving a technological upgrade.

The CCSS are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they will need in college and their careers, according to the initiative’s website. As technology plays an increasingly larger role in higher education and professional settings, many schools are looking to introduce students to different technologies at an earlier age.

In West Hartford, Connecticut, the establishment of a town-wide wireless network was included in the Capital Improvement Plan, which was recently presented to the Board of Education, West Hartford’s patch website reported. Having access to wireless internet at all 17 schools in the area will be especially important during the 2014-2015 academic year when students are introduced to computerized testing tied to the CCSS.

If approved, teachers and students will be able to integrate wireless technology into their learning process, the news source stated. In addition, the Capital Improvement Plan would fund the replacement of outdated computers and fix other "points of failure" inside the schools.

"…No matter what we do, we will need WiFi," Bruce Putterman, Board of Education chairman, told the news outlet.