Schools Switch to Computer-Based Exams and Gain More Options

Nichole Dobo, Schools Welcome New Assessment, DelawareOnline, Oct. 12, 2010, http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20101012/NEWS03/10120331.

This week, students in Delaware public schools will begin taking computer-based exams as part of the state’s new annual assessment in reading and math.

The assessment, which is called the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System, is supposed to help teachers and parents better track a student’s progress through the year. The exam can be given four times a year, and the results are available in about 48 hours. For more than a decade, Delaware students took once-yearly tests with pencil and paper in the spring.

Principal Jim Comegys, of Appoquinimink School District’s Middletown High, said he’s excited that the test will help teachers because it’s now a tool to improving a child’s performance because there’s constant feedback. He knows the score change will present a challenge.

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