Officials in Sioux Falls, S.D., say they are getting mixed messages regarding the type of computers that students can use to take new online assessments under the Common Core State Standards. While the district is investing $4.4 million to buy 17,500 new Google-support Chromebook laptops, state officials say the devices and iPads are not approved to take the online tests in 2014. However, Smarter Balanced, the consortium charged with crafting the assessments for 2015 and later years, has said Chromebooks and iPads will be approved.

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