The new test will initially be available in both paper-based and computer-based formats. CTB/McGraw Hill is expected to offer 20 percent of the tests on computer next year, 40 percent in 2015 and 60 percent in 2016.
Snow said students will need to develop their computer skills.
“We’re introducing a lot of computer literacy classes for our students starting in September,” she said. “That way, they’ll be comfortable taking the (computer format) tests.”
CV-TEC offers the tests to about 700 people a year. A High School Equivalency Diploma is extremely important for those looking for employment, she said.
“This is affecting a lot of people,” she said.
CV-TEC will be able to use a lot of its present supplies the first year but will have to invest in new materials as the new standards and tests are implemented. Snow said they have been able to write a significant number of grants to offset some of the expected costs for conversion.
‘READY TO GO’
The State Education Department presently supports about 270 test centers statewide, including school districts, boards of cooperative educational services, community-based organizations, educational opportunity centers, Office of Children and Family Services facilities, community colleges, correctional facilities, county jails and private residential facilities.
The Education Department plans to continue to supervise and administer test centers, as well as confirm the centers will provide the new tests.
The State Education Department is expected to offer training for the new tests sometime this fall. It will be important for educators to be ready to prepare students for the new tests, Snow said.
“We’re up for the challenge. We’re ready to go.”
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