Maryland schools pilot hand-held devices to improve test-taking

11/22/2009 | Sun (Baltimore), The

Some students in a Maryland district will soon begin taking tests using hand-held devices resembling remote controls as part of a pilot program intended to free up time for instruction. Students will use iRespond devices to take tests more quickly, and teachers will receive scores instantly -- allowing them to tailor instruction to meet student needs. "It's going to make the life of a teacher much easier. ... It will really help us to pinpoint who needs what," one teacher said. "I feel like it's almost going to give [students] that motivation for testing again."

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