Published Online: May 12, 2015
Published in Print: May 13, 2015, as Online Testing Drives 'Tech Prep' Priorities
Common-Core Testing Drives 'Tech Prep' Priorities
Schools move to fill technical-skills gap in response to Common CoreAs most states shift their required tests onto computers, teachers are discovering that their students are stumbling over an unexpected weakness: the keyboarding skills necessary to show what they know.
To close that skills gap, schools are increasingly making time in their days for old-fashioned typing instruction—translated to a computer keyboard—and other skills such as scrolling, mouse-clicking, and dragging-and-dropping.
But spending time on those computer skills has ignited a debate: Is it just another form of "test prep" that siphons away precious classroom time, or is it a wise investment...