Oregon to allow students to spell check their writing exams

The Oregonian reports:

For the first time, Oregon is allowing students — those taking online and paper tests — to use a spell check button on a computer to check their work before submitting answers to the writing test prompts. State officials say the change is an opportunity to better assess students’ writing skills and focus less on typos.

“We are not letting a student’s keyboarding skills get in the way of being able to judge their writing ability,” said state Superintendent Susan Castillo.

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