Educational Technology

December 3, 2012

Schools try out online testing

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:33 am

by Justin A. Hinkley, Battle Creek Enquirer

With quite a bit of wrangling, Athens Junior-Senior High School managed this fall to administer its first-ever online standardized test to all of its sixth- and ninth-graders. But officials there worry about the logistics it would take to test all students in all subjects, as this year’s social studies pilot foreshadowed. Athens Area Schools and Pennfield Schools were among some 100 school districts statewide to pilot the online version of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) social studies test, a crucial project that will give state officials a glimpse into the future of online testing in Michigan. Some 35,000 students took their social studies tests online this year. It also marks a dramatic shift occurring in education: The traditional paper-and-pencil, fill-in-the-blank exams could become as much of a relic as learning cursive and using blackboards.

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