[K12OSN] State Testing
cliebow at midmaine.com
cliebow at midmaine.com
Mon Feb 27 01:53:28 UTC 2006
Maine has state testing online with proprietary software that is an
abysmal failure as well..chuck
> Kentucky tried to pilot a program last year. Apparently the bandwidth
> was way too high. Which only goes to show you that the program was
> written really badly.
> What really annoys me is that some of my brightest students and I
> could write a program that would handle most of what they want in a
> summer. Just create a Java app that downloads questions and uploads
> answers when students need them (so everyone's not hitting the server
> at the same time). The only challenging part is making sure that
> students can't quit the program or otherwise use another program
> while they're testing.
> And how many millions are we spending on stuff that a developer would
> do for less than $50k and could be released as open source so that
> all the states could then use it?
> On Feb 26, 2006, at 8:08 PM, Doug Simpson wrote:
>> All I have to say is "Good Luck!"
>> We have state testing here for some of our programs and it is
>> attempted to be administered online.
>> We have yet to have one work reliably and efficiently yet and we
>> have been doing it for several years already.
>> Ken Grant wrote:
>>> Hello All:
>>> This may or may not be the best place to address this issue, but I
>>> figure there are enough tech/educational experts here that someone is
>>> bound to have encountered it.
>>> My problem: Our state, Wyoming, is converting all standardized
>>> for compliance with the "No Child Left Behind" law to computers.
>>> Starting in about six weeks, children in grades 3-8, and grade 11,
>>> be taking our state test online. The test is designed by the
>>> state but
>>> admisistered through Harcourt Assessment. To ensure that students do
>>> not have access to other parts of the computer they are working
>>> on, all
>>> testing must be done with a "secure browser." To get the browser to
>>> be secure a program called SiteKiosk is used. And you guessed
>>> it, it only runs on Windows and sometimes Macs.
>>> At this point the state is still dealing with many tech issues,
>>> including getting SiteKiosk to run on Macs. I've been assured by
>>> people at the state level and at Harcourt Assessment that no
>>> testing has
>>> been done with Linux. Since K12LTSP is being used by school
>>> across the nation, this seems to me to be a terrible oversight.
>>> I realize that the bigger school districts have the funding for
>>> systems; however, we are a small Catholic school with very little
>>> resources to invest in IT. K12LTSP is the only way we can get
>>> in the classroom.
>>> All that said, have any of you been faced with a similar issue? If
>>> so, how have you dealt with it? How many schools with K12LTSP are
>>> it as their only platform?
>>> I plan to make as much noise as possible with both the state and
>>> Harcourt so that this situation can be corrected, but in the meantime
>>> any ideas on how to get SiteKiosk to run on Linux would be great.
>>> anyone know if a Linux-based program exsists to make a browser
>>> Thanks for reading my rant and for K12LTSP...it's an awesome OS!
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