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Facing a tough re-election campaign, Gov. Rick Scott told state lawmakers in his annual address that he plans to budget $18.8 billion for the state's public schools in fiscal year 2015.
Sound assessments are integral to good teaching and learning, but they must not be used beyond their technical limits, writes Madhabi Chatterji.
Critics of high-stakes testing believe having parents refuse to let their children take assessments could force policymakers to take note of their cause.
As schools put the technology in place for online assessments, they are looking carefully at how to use new technologies to prevent cheating.
The feedback from students' performance provides a deeper insight into how they solve problems, allowing educators to identify their strengths and weaknesses quicker, experts say.
Arthur C. Graesser, a University of Memphis professor of experimental and cognitive psychology, says "you have to be very subtle in smuggling in serious content."
State and district officials acknowledge that they face many unknowns about their technological readiness for new online assessments for the standards.
No longer just about how to use digital tools to measure abilities in core academic areas, many educators say assessments should also evaluate technology skills.
The "curriculum playlist" concept centers around the idea that content should be unbundled so that users can reassemble it according to their preferences.
Simulations designed to make students communicate and work with others to solve problems are receiving new attention in K-12 testing, despite questions about cost, reliability, and validity.
The gap between districts that appear to be well prepared to put digital instruction and assessment in place and those that aren't is significant.
Teachers are eager for new tools to help students develop into better writers, but critics question the ability of the software to critique writing.