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With the Texas transition to online testing this year, students’ digital skills are a key focus
February 7, 2022, Dallas, Texas – Learning.com’s Senior VP of Sales & Marketing, Theresa Poprac, joins conference host TCEA and Texas districts in a discussion about preparing students for the Texas mandated shift to online testing this school year. The panel session, “Yikes! Online Testing for All Tests?”, will take place on Thursday, February 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, Level 1 Lower D.
“With online assessments, it’s critical that students are equipped with technology skills – from simple navigation to typing to word processing,” says Learning.com’s Poprac, who has worked in the education technology and curriculum field for over 25 years. “Assessments should be an indicator of students’ knowledge and proficiency, not how well they can type or use a computer.”
The Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 3261 in 2021 requiring all state assessments to be administered to students online, with exceptions for students who require accommodations. Texas now joins the other 70% of states in the nation that have shifted to fully online administration of assessments.
Thursday’s TCEA panel will be hosted by Jennifer Bergland, Director of Government Relations for TCEA. In addition to Learning.com’s Poprac, panelists include administrators from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Bullard ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD. The 60-minute panel will discuss what administrators, teachers and technologists need to know in order to successfully make the transition to online assessment administration.
“Districts have been preparing for this transition by providing educators with digital skills-building curriculum like Learning.com’s EasyTech,” says Poprac. “We are supporting them in this transition by providing Prep for Online Assessments, a specially curated sequence of all the skills students will need to effectively complete online assessments.”
Current Texas customers of Learning.com will be provided with access to Prep for Online Assessments. Prospective Texas school district and school campus customers may purchase Prep for Online Assessments by EasyTech starting at the TCEA conference on February 8. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning.com is dedicated to preparing students for success in our digital world. Founded in 1999, the company currently partners with 10 percent of U.S. school districts and serves more than 1 million students each year. Learning.com has earned more than 30 industry awards, including 2021, 2020 and 2017 Award of Excellence from “Tech & Learning;” ISTE 2017 Best of Show; “The Oregonian’s Top Workplace” for 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017 and 2016; and the “Healthiest Employers of Oregon” for 2021, 2020 and 2019.
Learning.com’s K-12 curriculum solution for digital literacy, EasyTech, helps students develop computer science, digital literacy and problem-solving skills. Learning.com’s EasyCode curriculum is a comprehensive coding solution for K-12 that develops students’ coding, computational thinking and computer science prowess. EasyTech and EasyCode, both delivered through the Learning.com platform, feature scaffolded, student-led digital lessons, as well as district and school-wide reporting to measure programs efficacy and optimize implementation. By enabling schools to integrate technology more meaningfully, and cultivate digital readiness, Learning.com’s comprehensive curriculum plays a critical role in equipping all students to learn, live, and work in the 21st Century.
Founded in 1999, Learning.com provides educators with solutions to prepare their students with critical digital skills. Our web-based curriculum for grades K-12 engages students as they learn keyboarding, online safety, applied productivity tools, computational thinking, coding and more.
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