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School Board supports electronic test-taking device

LAND O'LAKES — Taking tests soon could be like buzzing in on a game show for Pasco County school students.

The school district is looking to buy electronic "responders" that would allow students to punch in answers to their exams and get immediate feedback on how they scored.

The technology, which is already in use in Hernando County schools, received some positive comments when field tested at Land O'Lakes High and Chasco Elementary, testing supervisor Sarah Bombly told the School Board on Tuesday during a workshop on end-of-semester exams.

Educators liked being able to tailor their lessons based on where student weaknesses emerged.

Board members enthusiastically supported the concept, and asked superintendent Heather Fiorentino if the district could accelerate its planned three-year phase-in.

"If we think this will assist in student achievement it might be the wisest investment we ever make," board member Allen Altman said.

In other business, the board:

• Heard a request from teacher union negotiator Jim Ciadella to use any savings realized through new health and pharmacy insurance plans to increase employee wages.

• Learned that Fiorentino will ask the Florida Department of Education to waive the need for a makeup day for Tropical Storm Fay.

• Approved the appointment of Katie Lail, formerly assistant principal of West Zephyrhills Elementary, as principal of Mary Giella Elementary.

School Board supports electronic test-taking device 08/26/08 [Last modified: Saturday, August 30, 2008 2:33pm]
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