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Online State Testing Begins Next Week

OLYMPIA – April 29, 2010 – One out of every four Washington schools with sixth through eighth grades will participate in online state testing next week when the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) is given for the first time. About 60,000 students in grades 6-8 in the participating schools will take the reading and/or math exams on a computer.

More than 360 schools in 181 school districts registered to participate in the first year of online state testing. The 364 schools, which represent nearly 27 percent of schools statewide with sixth through eighth grades, provide a diverse cross-section of large and small, and urban and rural buildings. A majority of the registered schools will test in all grades (6-8) and subject areas (reading and math), but some are testing in only specific grades or content areas.

“I’m pleased that we are moving forward with online testing,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “I believe students will be even more engaged in state testing when they take a test on a computer. Technology is an important part of education and I believe online testing will have a positive impact in our schools.”

The testing window for the online MSP is from May 3 to June 4, and May 12-28 for the paper-and-pencil MSP exams. Although the reading and math exams are shorter than in years past, the online testing window is longer than the paper-and-pencil window to allow schools enough time to rotate students in and out of computer labs or classroom computer stations. Each school determines what days they will use within the testing window.

In response to school districts’ requests, the testing window for the grades 3-8 MSP was moved from April to May, making it more of an end-of-the-school-year exam. Similar to past years, results for the paper-and-pencil and online MSP exams will be returned to school districts in mid August.

Throughout the school year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provided key information and training to school districts. A demo, tutorial and other information, including frequently asked questions, can be accessed at www.WAtesting.com/online

Who’s Participating in Online Testing?
  Reading Math

6th graders
7th graders
8th graders
Totals

21,645 (28.0%)
19,145 (24.9%)
21,835 (27.8%)
62,625 (26.9%)

21,412 (27.7%)
19.266 (25.1%)
18,837 (24.0%)
59,515 (25.6%)

Note: Numbers based on May 2009 enrollment

The rollout plan for online testing calls for additional grades and subjects to be added each year. Based on feedback from schools participating in this spring’s online testing, OSPI will evaluate the rollout plan to determine if any adjustments are needed.

 

Online State Testing

Educators and students have become familiar with the online testing system with a demo and tutorial. Please visit www.WAtesting.com/online for more information.

 

 

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