In addition to the general interference of testing with the aims of democratic education, we now have the problem of requirements that tests be taken on computers. Who knows whether one physical form of test-taking is better or worse for a particular student--which they might prefer, which might get them a better test score, which might be more economical for the school districts, or more profitable for the test-makers. All these angles could be investigated for years without any clear resolution.

What can't be disputed is that millions of students taking hours and hours of tests on computers is a new aspect of schooling that bodes ill for "thinking outside the box." 

AuthorJay Gillen