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'Unplugging' Students May Short-Circuit Academic Achievement

Unplugged Elementary School Children and Online Tests Don't Mix

From the moment they enter the classroom, children typically use computers and mobile devices to prepare for life and careers. 

In line with this trend, online testing has become the norm, said Education News writer Julia Steiny. Since 2002, students have taken computer-based assessents from grade 3 through high school.

"Now the fast on-coming Common Core tests, PARCC and Smarter Balance, will not just be online, but administered more often, with interim and so-called 'formative' assessments," said Steiny. 

Steiny argues that children who do not grow up with technology, or who are "unplugged," will not do well in their academic careers.

"Families committed to keeping their elementary-age kids unplugged are forced to home-school or pay for private schools," Steiny said. "Not even charters offer an out, because they have the same public-reporting accountability requirements as every other public school."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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