Tallahassee, Florida- March 25, 2011 6:10 p.m.--
Florida State University researchers are awarded 2 million dollars, to find new ways for testing middle school science students.
FSU's Center for Advancement of Learning and Assessment (CALA) wants to replace the standard paper and pencil tests with a more interactive approach.
The goal is to assess the students real-world skills.
Teachers will use the results to understand how students learn.
The students would be monitored for a full school year with constant feedback.
"This I believe is what we have worked life-long for, is to help improve education in the state of Florida," says Faranak Rohani, director of CALA.
This new research is now in it's first year of the pilot testing phase and will have three total years before it becomes a standard way of testing.