Iberville Parish School System's technology ratio ranks high among state

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education recently released its fourth semi-annual Louisiana Technology Footprint, indicating the number of technology-ready Louisiana school systems has increased nearly 25 percent since the last report in July 2013.

Districts have dramatically increased student access to technology upgrading more than 41,300 devices and purchasing an additional 87,471 devices since July 2011.

Because of these efforts, Louisiana now has 906 schools and 47 districts meeting the state's minimum technology device standards ratio of seven students for every one computing device.

This is an increase from 798 schools and 38 districts in July 2013 and 337 schools and just two districts in July 2012.

Technology upgrades are an essential, everyday right for Louisiana's students, and beyond testing, providing individual learning opportunities for students.

"The progress we have seen in such a short time shows that Louisiana districts are committed to ensuring all students have access to the technology that is critical for them to compete in the 21st Century workplace," said State Superintendent John White.

In the Footprint, the state details basic standards for the ratio of technology devices a district should have per student to be technology ready.

In July 2012, two school districts met the minimum standard ratio of seven students for every one device. In January 2014, that number has increased to 47 districts meeting this mark while nine districts have achieved more ambitious standards increasing their student to device ratio to 3:1. They are Ascension, Calcasieu, Cameron, City of Bogalusa, Claiborne, Iberville, Plaquemines, St. Helena and St. James Parishes.