- This fall, Michigan gave its state social studies exam online in a nearly 100-district, 35,000-student pilot program marking the first time any part of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam has been administered electronically.
- The experiment could mark the beginning of the extinction of traditional paper-and-pencil exams, though such a shift still presents challenges as some schools struggle with acquiring the proper technology for testing all students online.
- Student reaction to the test's online format was positive overall, suggesting the shift would be a worthwhile investment.
From the article:
Students ditched their No. 2 pencils in favor of a mouse and a keyboard to take Michigan's state social studies exam-and in the process became part of a crucial project that will give state officials a glimpse into the future of online testing. The pilot social studies exam-given to about 35,000 students in nearly 100 school districts statewide this fall-marked the first time any portion of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) exam has been given online. ...