ERIC Number: EJ784792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-30
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Tests of Tech Literacy Still Not Widespread despite NCLB Goals
Cech, Scott J.
Education Week, v27 n21 p1, 12 Jan 2008
Any educator who's ever had to ask a pupil to fix a computer might be surprised to learn that not all students are technologically proficient--or at least not savvy enough to be considered "technologically literate." While that term has no universal definition, the core idea could be boiled down to this: Technologically literate students not only know how to operate hardware and software--they can also analyze the information flowing through it, evaluate that digital content's relative merit and relevance, and use it creatively and ethically in communicating with others. The federal No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law six years ago, made it a national goal for all 8th graders to be technologically literate. Unlike reading and math, though, tech literacy does not factor into the law's school accountability provisions, and most states do not administer separate tech-literacy tests statewide. Still, at least one test-maker has seen the NCLB goal as an opening and developed assessments of tech literacy for 8th graders. Appropriately, those tests do use not paper and pencil, but instead are delivered to students via computers.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Grade 8, Accountability, Technological Literacy, Educational Technology, State Departments of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8
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