Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed a bill Oct. 6 that will allow as many as five school districts and five charter schools to change the way they test students by piloting computer-adaptive testing, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The pilot programs, if successful, could lead to statewide changes. The schools will start giving computer-adaptive tests, which are tests that adapt in difficulty as students take them, several times a year. They will also give college preparation and entry tests to high school students, such as the ACT, but will no longer give Iowa tests or the Utah Basic Skills Competency Test, which students take before graduating. Computer-adaptive testing currently isn’t permitted on high-stakes testing done by states, according to the U.S. Department of Education, which instead requires states to administer criterion-referenced tests. If Utah can get permission from federal officials, the pilot schools no longer would have to give criterion-referenced tests, which students take each spring. If the feds don’t approve the changes, the pilot schools likely will have to give both the new tests and criterion-referenced tests…

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