« Shaping Curriculum From Common Core Standards | Main | New Industry Standard Promises Accessibility for Assessments »

Oregon Will Permit Use of 'Spell Check' on Writing Exams

Oregon students will be allowed to use the computer "spell check" function when taking riting—I mean, WRITING—tests next month, the Oregonian newspaper reports.

State officials say the change is an opportunity to better assess students' writing skills and focus less on typos, according to the story. But some state legislators, upon hearing about the decision at a hearing, questioned whether research showed that allowing the use of spell check was in the best interest of students and whether the move could put Oregon students behind peers in other states.

The story notes that Oregon was the first state to launch online adaptive testing for students and is likely treading new ground in the use of spell check.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments

  • Linda: My problem with homework is they give too much and read more
  • Seo Article Writer: Hello I just see your site when I am searching read more
  • Car Insurance Guy: Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. read more
  • cyptoreopully: Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im read more
  • Connie Wms: Good grief. We have gone round and round forever with read more