Tech Issues Arise for Students Taking Tests

Technology has solved a lot of problems, but still continues to fuel new ones as was evident when millions of students last year had trouble taking standardized tests.

The Smarter Balanced test will continue this spring, but districts are preparing for any sort of technological issues that could hinder students from successfully completing their exams.

The state department is aware of the problems, but it is up to the districts to determine how their students take the tests. Some schools have tried to help things by utilizing iPads, laptops, desktops, and other gadgets. But some of the problems lie with the students’ inability to use the devices.

Other problems include internet accessibility. Last year, the state allotted $27 million to help improve broadband at schools to solve connectivity issues.

Perhaps bubbling in letters wasn’t such a bad test-taking method after all.


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