Each spring, schools across California administer the Standardized Testing And Reporting assessment to all students. Also known as STAR, approximately five million public school students are tested on a standardized set of information. As nerve-wracking as it is for students to complete the test, it’s every bit as nerve-wracking for the administrators charged with making sure the testing process goes smoothly.
It’s a scene that unfolds all across the state, including the Central Valley. When it’s time for annual STAR testing, or any testing activity that requires all students to complete an exam in a certain time frame, computer labs at schools of all sizes fill with students, hour after hour, until testing is complete. But unbeknownst to most students and their parents is a hard truth: providing up-to-date technology experiences in the classroom and computer lab is far from easy. And when it comes time for testing, every student needs a reliable machine to complete the test—and that can get expensive. Very, very expensive.