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QPS technology upgrade running behind schedule


The Wi-Fi is slow in Quincy Public Schools, and the process to speed it up is moving slowly, too.

Right now students at Quincy Senior High School are using net-books, which Senior Emily Goodwin says don't work well with the school's current wireless network.

"They're really slow and so I think better wireless would be a lot better. It'd be faster," said Goodwin.

Interim Superintendent Joel Murphy says they're still ironing out some of the details to get the process moving.

"We're real close. We're getting ready to start to order equipment. We need to set up to do some additional wiring and things like that as we bring in the wireless access point. It's not just a simple plug something in the wall and go," said Murphy.

One of the main needs for the technology upgrade is the Common Core Standards. In the 2013-2014 school year the ISAT test will be replaced by the Common Core exam online.

"The testing is going to be here, that's not a choice that we have," said Murphy.  "So we have to make sure that the things are in place to have the test."

Quincy High School Assistant Principal Jody Steinke thinks the technology needs to be in the schools well before the testing takes place so students are aware of how to use it.

"I think it's important to get the technology in their hands now so that that doesn't become a test of their technological skill. It's a test of the content and the curriculum," said Steinke.

Murphy hopes the technology gets into the classroom within the next couple weeks.

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