Loaner devices unavailable during MCAS


Connor Lawless

Senior Anthony Zalev usually borrows a Chromebook from the library, but he will be unable to do so during English Language Arts MCAS.

Natalie Sadek, Online Editor

Due to the English Language Arts MCAS being administered on school-issued Chromebooks, loaner devices will not be available to students from Wednesday, March 20 until Thursday, March 28.

According to instructional technology specialist Brian Calnan, students who typically utilize the loaner program may take the initiative to find their own device during this time, however, finding a device is not a requirement.

“[Students finding their own device] is one option,” Calnan said. “Teachers are going to be aware that loaners are not going to be available to students and to place less of an emphasis on using BYOD during that week.”

Roughly 400 students will be taking the MCAS during this time and new state standards require the test to be taken on school-issued devices. The magnitude of Chromebooks needed requires all the devices in the loaner program to be used.

Loaner devices will also be unavailable during the math MCAS in May.