DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — More than 40 students received a Chromebook laptop today as part of a new initiative.
The goal is to cater to students who are increasingly using technology in their every day life.
Adil Baguirov, President of the Board of Education, says the rolling out of laptops gave new life to many students.
“They’re going to be getting Chromebooks,” he added, “The excitement. I haven’t seen such excitement in kids in a school in a long time.”
He tells 2 NEWS the project has been 2 years in the making, and comes at a cost of $3-million.
Baguirov says they’re in the process of applying for grants, but that cost will be paid back over a two year period.
The goal — a laptop in the hands of every Dayton Public School student in grades 3-12.
“As a result of this, we’re absolutely expecting our academic performance to go up,” he said.
According to state reports–Dayton Public Schools has a big hill to climb–especially in reading.
They received an ‘F’ on the third grade reading guarantee last year after nearly 3 out of 4 students failed the test.
Superintendent Lori Ward says she believes the laptops are what is needed to see progress.
“We expect our scores to go up. The district invested in a new reading adoption last year that we’re implementing this year,” she added, “We have to make sure our young people have the same advantage as students that come from affluent homes that have laptop devices.”
The laptops are capable of providing lesson plans for teachers, and can streamline classroom efficiency.
The laptops handed out today will act as a trial run for the school district.
The laptops will be officially handed out to all 3rd-8th graders this August.
High school students will receive the Chromebooks in 2017.