California Using New Standardized Test On Computers


The Los Angeles Times (5/12, Blume) reports in depth on technical issues which plagued the testing of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, the electronic standardized test which was used for the first time this year but will not be used to evaluate students and teachers. The Times also details some of the newer aspects of the test, including questions with more than one answer, some with audio clips, and other attributes. The article highlights comments from some students, some of whom expressed being overwhelmed by the new tests, and educators, who questioned whether the test accurately tested the children’s knowledge.