Online testing is hurting education by occupying one of our most valuable resources.
I walked into the computer lab and saw second graders in rows staring at their screens. Other than the sound of little sporadic mouse clicks, the room was silent. Between each kid was a large cardboard insert separating the students and preventing them from looking over onto their neighbor’s screen. They were totally isolated from one another. I asked the teacher, “What are these students working on?” I was hoping something engaging in spite of the isolative atmosphere. Then she replied almost shamefully, “They are learning how to take standardized tests. We have to get them ready for testing season.”
Yes, testing has it’s own season and it hits in late February and goes until June. During that time students will be shuffled into computer labs and given online reading and math tests.
A good, solid Wi-Fi connection is imperative throughout testing season because it is on that connection students will be taking their standardized tests. In fact, on big testing days we usually have major network problems because the amount of students online at once can be anywhere from 20 to 60 thousand. At 15 dollars per test, that is fantastic news for testing companies.
In addition, online assessments and this paperless approach to testing means huge savings for companies like Pearson who are only concerned about their bottom line.
Subsequently, during most months in the school year, mobile computer labs, traditional computer labs and the media center are closed and off limits to students and teachers. Last year our media center was closed daily from the month of February until the end of school due to the testing calendar.
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