Friday, August 12, 2016

Familiarity with technology makes a difference in testing

See if you can spot the gap in this article from the Herald:
Over the next three years, all Massachusetts students will be taking standardized tests on computers — a transition some school leaders caution may put inner city kids and budgets at a disadvantage. 
“There is a bit of a problem in places like Worcester. Our population is not as economically advantaged as other parts of the state. Some districts have laptops for every kid,” said David Perda, chief research and accountability officer in Worcester Public Schools 
“We’re working very hard to provide the kind of technological support for our students,” said Dan Warwick, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. “The problem is some of our kids haven’t had enough exposure.” 
But state education officials said the move is appropriate as more students use technology out of the classroom. “It also reflects the reality that students are increasingly using technology in and out of the classroom to learn and to produce written work,” Mitchell D. Chester, the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, said in a letter to superintendents.
Some of them aren't, though. That's the point.

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