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PARCC Technology Cost Assessment

Mr. Tarr moved that the bill be amended in section 2B, in line item 1599-7062, by inserting at the end thereof the following:-

“provided further, the department of elementary and secondary education, in consultation with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association, shall evaluate and determine, to the greatest feasible extent, the cost to the commonwealth, school districts, and municipalities of the technology including but not limited to hardware, access and software required to implement and conduct the PARCC assessment, and the ability of municipalities and school districts to pay for said technology; provided further that in preparing the report the department shall conduct at least one public hearing and shall issue its report to the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, the house and senate committees on ways and means, and the joint committee on education by no later than March 1, 2015.”