Houston County School system expects smoother state testing process next year

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HOUSTON CO. Ala. (WDHN) — COVID-19 brought many challenges to the past school year, like state testing.

This year was the first year Houston County Schools took the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program which is done on the computer.

“It was a new test, and with everything being online, it took a while for us because we had to rotate students in and out of the computer lab,” Houston County Schools Superintendent Brandy White said.

According to White, next year will be smoother due to having access to more resources and going back to normal school procedures.

“Next year, we will have grades 2-12,” White said. “They will have chrome books in the classroom. So we should be able to go through testing much quicker. We’re going to have 1-1 in grades 2 or 3-12. We also got these new computer tables for most of those grade levels.”

According to White, the pandemic made it harder for students to learn the programs for ACAP testing, but he believes that with the resources they have now, next year will be easier.

“There are many programs that we have now that will help students prepare for the state tests and practice tests,” White said. “So I think it’s going to help tremendously with everything moving to technology like it is.”

Scores for the testing will not come back until September.

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