Education officials in South Dakota—a pioneer in the use of online testing measures in schools—say they will abandon the state's online reading and math assessment program this year and instead revert back to giving the tests with pencil and paper.

The decision comes as state officials are switching to a new test designed to comply with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The state—along with Harcourt Educational Measurement, a division of educational publisher Harcourt Inc.—has developed the Dakota State Test of Education Progress (STEP) to replace the Dakota Assessment of Content


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