October 17, 2012
Digital Directions Executive Editor Kevin Bushweller writes about the technology demands of the standards and how schools are likely to cope with them.
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As many states move to put in place online testing by the 2014-15 school year, at least 20 have indicated they plan to use new computer-adaptive versions of the tests.
Advocates for students with learning disabilities see benefits in adaptive approach, but are watching closely to make sure the assessments are structured appropriately.
Desktops, laptops, netbooks, smartphones, and tablets are all being considered by states and districts, but there are important questions to ask before making a decision.
Putting online testing in place in 46 states and the District of Columbia will require technology capacity not currently available in many school districts.
Many school districts are worried that the standards' requirement for online testing is pushing them over the brink of their technological capacity.
Experts say paying for the digital upgrades necessary to run common-core online testing will take a creative redistribution of resources.
Ongoing and effective professional development is critical, experts say, and technology holds the key to providing deep learning experiences for teachers that can be scaled across state borders.
Perhaps no segment of educators is more enthusiastic about the transition to the standards than those who work in virtual schools or blended learning environments.
Educators using competency-based education coupled with technology will have a head start in preparing for common-core assessments, experts say.
Spurred by the adoption of common standards in nearly every state, educators are turning to open digital resources as they re-evaluate and realign curricula.
Educational technology experts identify common management and security problems associated with online testing and what schools can do to fix them.
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