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Local Missouri Schools testing new way to take Statewide tests



More than 360 Missouri Schools are testing a new way to take standardized tests.  Instead of using paper and pencil, the pilot project is having students take them online and some of those tests schools are in the Tri-State area.



Veterans Elementary is one of the schools testing this pilot program.  Students have been experimenting with this technology since the beginning of the week.  Despite some nerves, school officials say being selected is beneficial for everyone involved.

"We were kind of nervous because there's a lot of pieces that we weren't sure about. You know could they use the laptops, they haven't used those before," said Oakwood Elementary Principal Denise Hudson.  

Oakwood Elementary one of the two Hannibal schools using this new testing system.  She said being selected as part of the pilot program will be a big boost for teachers.

"You can go through the training, you can read the manuals but until you actually conduct the test you're not sure what to expect.  So I think that is going to be an advantage for us when it comes time to take this test," Hudson said.  

The schools also gets to see which method would be better to take the test.  At Veterans Elementary, students are using Dell computers, but at Oakwood, they're using Google Chrome Laptops.

Hudson said the way students normally take standardized tests will end in 2015.  And Hannibal Director of Curriculum Instruction Maria Mundle said even though that's still two years away, this pilot program is a way to get students prepared.

"And we know we'll always be transitioning even in 2015, there will still be some changes. But it helps us to know how prepared our kids are right now when engaging with those technologies," she said.

The schools aren't the only ones that benefit from this pilot program.  The state uses this to see how to better the electronic test and what additional questions can be asked on the standardized tests.


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