As Burbank students prepare to take a set of computerized exams — part of a multistate standardized testing effort called Common Core — administrators are rushing to buy equipment, spending $90,000 in state funds to purchase about 120 laptops and headphones.
"That has been our mad dash and our scramble to make sure schools are ready to handle that," said Sharon Cuseo, who oversees the program for Burbank Unified.
Despite the rush, neither students nor district employees will see the results. The exams will be given to students from third through eighth grade as well as high school juniors beginning in mid-March. School districts will not receive scores from the exams until students take them in March 2015.