2015 MCAs to be administered totally online

  • Article by: Kim McGuire , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 9:31 PM

The move is part of a $33 million contract with Pearson, a test scorer that the state has used before.

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elmore1Jan. 28, 14 7:37 PM

Nice to see them modernizing and automating the testing process. The article fails to mention the savings.

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avhs2013Jan. 28, 14 9:22 PM

Hmmm. All this computerized testing ends up monopolizing computer labs at schools. As a result students are unable to use the computers in ways that will truly enhance their learning. As far as getting immediate results back that certainly has not happened with the biology test. It has taken months to get results and the results are so vague that teachers are unable to determine what content their students are struggling with in biology.

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keeleysonJan. 29, 14 3:55 AM

Obviously, administering tests is too much to ask of the teachers.

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bluebird227Jan. 29, 14 7:10 AM

Don't worry, keeleyson, we'll still be in the labs administering the tests. The $33 million Pearson gets has nothing to do with administering tests. avhs is right though--this ties up a lot of lab time, and it is a nightmare for our limited tech staff to make sure there are no glitches with our aging computers.

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lrnmthJan. 29, 14 8:08 AM

There are multiple issues here, some positive and some negative. 1. Computerized testing allows schools to get results more quickly; 2. Computer labs will be tied up for testing and not used for other educational purposes during that time; 3. Some schools don’t have the infrastructure to handle the amount of testing that will happen all at once (i.e, bandwidth and lab space); 4. Schools are starting to move away from dedicated labs to portable / wireless labs and other devices. That exacerbates the infrastructure issue. 5. Each state has their own testing requirements, so state-by-state comparisons are tainted. I wish the public, the congress, and the legislatures would realize that teachers continually test, quiz, and assess their students in many other ways. In the last 15 years, or so, we have moved to the notion that some testing company’s standardized test is the best way to measure student progress. How’s that been working for the last 15 years? My opinion is that we have focused far too much money and energy on Standardized Testing.

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