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Computer-based tests a challenge for low-income students, some Baltimore teachers say

Computer-based tests a challenge for low-income students, some Baltimore teachers say

When students at Govans Elementary School in North Baltimore took statewide standardized tests last year, principal Linda Taylor said, some struggled with using a mouse to navigate the online assessment. Some didn’t know how to scroll to the appropriate sections. Others grappled with how to highlight information.

The nearly 450 students enrolled at the public charter school shared roughly 70 computers, laptops and iPads. Some had access to a computer only once a week, Taylor said, making it difficult for them to develop the skills needed to succeed on an online-only test.

About 14 percent of Govans students passed the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and...

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