Oregon Elementary Schools Can Test Students' Digital Skills for Free
year, every Oregon school district will be
able to evaluate the technology skills of their fifth-graders at no
a partnership between the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) and Learning.com, a
software developer that helps schools give their K-12 students the
skills they need, districts will be able to use the latter's
Skills Inventory for free.
today's students may know how to tap,
swipe and Google, it is also critical that they have the skills
use technology for learning," said OESPA President Ericka Guynes, who
is also a
principal at Earl Boyles Elementary School. "I hope that all Oregon's
schools will consider taking advantage of this great opportunity."
assessment tool is designed to determine whether
students have the technology skills necessary to successfully complete
tests. The Web-based tools can determine, for instance, whether
the ability to use spreadsheets, word processing, databases and the
It can also deliver reports on the skills of specific students,
schools and districts so that administrators and teachers can adjust
teaching programs to help the students.
is projected that by 2020 technology skills
will be needed in more than half of all jobs, so it is crucial that
begin to develop those skills as early as possible," said Learning.com
teachers can go online until February 19 to
enroll their fifth-grade classes for the assessments that can be
any time between January 4 and June 17. All Oregon administrators and
will be able to participate in a free training webinar that will
explain how to
deliver and interpret the skills inventory.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.