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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are we doing the Computer Literacy Certification program?
  2. Are all 8th graders required to pass the exams in order to be promoted to the 9th grade?
  3. What exams are the students going to take to test their computer literacy skills?
  4. Are the students expected to learn all the skills and complete all two exams in the 8th grade?
  5. Are the computers that were provided to each school only to be used for the Computer Literacy Certification program?
  6. What if a student fails the exam, can they retake it?

Why are we doing the Computer Literacy Certification program?

This program was developed to help address 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" and to address 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;"

Are all 8th graders required to pass the exams in order to be promoted to the 9th grade?

Promotion is not dependent on passing the certification exams. The goal of the project is to provide all 8th graders with the opportunity to demonstrate their computer literacy skills in the use of the Internet, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications. Schools are encouraged to have as many of their 8th graders take the exams but are not required to test all students.

What exams are the students going to take to test their computer literacy skills?

The students are provided vouchers take the Living Online and Key Applications IC3 exams. When they pass each respective exam, the students are provided with an electronic Achievement Creditial which demonstrates that they have the skills expected by industry identified within the respective exams.

Are the students expected to learn all the skills and complete all two exams only in the 8th grade?

No, the assumption is that students are using computers in the elementary schools and a large number of them have acquired the many of the concepts and skills being addressed in the certication exams. A desired outcome of this program is to have a scope and sequence of the skills that should be learned/covered in each grade level so that by the time the students enter the 8th grade, many of the skills have already been taught.

Are the computers that were provided to each school only to be used for the Computer Literacy Certification program?

No, the main usage of the computers provided should be for student use to develop their computer literacy skills and to take the certification exams. When the computers are NOT being used by the students, schools may use the computers for other initiatives and purposes.

What if a student fails the exam, can they retake it?

The students are provided with two vouchers; one for each exam. If the student does not pass an exam and wants to retake it, the student may purchase additional vouchers to retake an exam. Schools can determine their own procedures for disseminating the additional vouchers.

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