WHAT is Computer
The 2005-06 school year offers a unique opportunity
for offering to all 8th graders an opportunity to demonstrate their
computer skills through a globally recognized certificate. Testing opportunities will be open to all 8 th graders.
This is a great opportunity for us to embrace the
Public School Vision of a High School graduate, who will have the
technology skills to "pursue post-secondary education and/or careers
without the need for remediation". A very strong commitment
to NCLB's additional goals of "...ensuring that every student is
technologically literate by the time the student finishes the eighth
grade, regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, gender, family
income, geographic location, or disability." This also ensures
meeting the expectations of Hawaii's Act 309 "...to prepare
Hawaii's public school students to earn a place in the global, electronic
marketplace of the future by: Requiring all pupils to be
progressively competent in the use of computer technology;"
HOW am I involved?
You are among the Middle Schools to take advantage
of this testing opportunity. Your main task is to provide opportunities
for eighth graders to test for computer literacy certification.
Schools will begin setting up as testing centers in September 2005.
Teachers will begin their own certification process in October
and November. Schools will begin testing from second semester.
All Middle Schools will receive professional development
opportunities, a copy of the National Educational Technology Standards
for Students, two different textbooks on basic computer knowledge
and skills, and an on-line curriculum.
WHAT exactly will the students be doing?
Students will take two certification exams that
test basic word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, common program functions, networks
and the Internet.