Houston-area school district ends $16M iPad plan

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - A Houston-area school district has abandoned a $16 million initiative to incorporate thousands of iPads into classroom curriculums after a consultant found widespread problems.

A review of the program, called iAchieve, found it had unrealistic goals when unveiled last year in the Fort Bend school district southwest of Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports use of the iPads was limited, managers had inadequate skills and a vendor hired to develop the learning platform was a startup with no curriculum experience.

Administrators had hoped to improve science scores by providing an interactive curriculum. The initiative was eventually expanded to 14 schools.

The superintendent and chief information officer who led the implementation have left the district.

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