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  •  Computer administered tests are going to require (4+ / 0-)

    hundreds of millions of dollars of new investment.

    Why?

    - We have schools in America without high speed internet. Most are rural and require new infrastructure.
    - We have school districts in America with no dedicated IT staff. You can't have the network fail in the middle of a high stakes, high security exam.
    - Most schools only have a lab, not enough to rotate all the kids through the testing in the normal timeframe.
    - Computers used for testing have to be stripped of all access to unallowed content, meaning that you need IT infrastructure to wipe and clone and then rebuild the computers in between testing time and learning time.
    - Most classrooms don't have enough outlets to run a computer for every student. Some schools don't have enough amps to add more computers.
    - Computers fail quickly in hot temperatures, and they dump additional heat into a room. Many schools in America do not have air conditioning.

    That's just a taste of the infrastructure problem ahead.

    Oh, and the requirement for schools to support computer administered tests starts in 2014-2015.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 09:49:30 PM PDT

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