Vermont's State Board of Education is talking technology to help with testing.
The board has identified 21st century technology and learning as a priority this year. Right now, the state is working on efforts to introduce new high-tech tools to standardized testing for students across the state. Pilot programs have introduced "read-aloud" technology for test-takers with special needs. Students with sight problems are also trying out programs that can magnify different materials on the computer.
"One of our best representatives was down in the Vergennes area where they tried it out with all of their students, but we tried this out with a number of volunteer schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island," said Michael Hock of the Vt. Education Department.
The Ed Department plans to have the new test-taking technology implemented statewide by the 2014-2015 school year.