Humza Ghori types on the computer “a lot.” He games. He answers his teacher’s online questions. But does the Pasco County fifth-grader feel skilled enough to write timed short responses on Florida’s new high-stakes test?
“I don’t know,” said the 10-year-old, a two-finger hunt-and-peck typist. “I think I would need more time. … On paper I could do it so much faster.”
Florida school superintendents worry that thousands of children like Humza could face the same challenge on their spring tests — being ready academically but lacking the computer skills to show what they know.
Kids have taken most state tests on computers for years now. But for the first time, many students will have to do more than move a mouse and click.