Second grader Jace Willoughby plays the online game Keenville at Newnan Crossing Elementary School. The Newnan school is among dozens in Georgia using the game-based testing system with 1st and 2nd graders. The state plans to develop 31 such games by next fall for teachers to use as formative assessments.
—Dustin Chambers for Education Week
Second grader Brooks Rudnik hunches over a screen, guiding a purple, sunglass-wearing character through an imaginary world called “Keenville.” His mission: help save the planet’s animals, in part by showing off his knowledge of phonics. As he answers questions correctly, virtual jelly beans pile up in a corner of his monitor.
Brooks doesn’t realize it, but he’s taking a test.
Brooks and his classmates here at Newnan Crossing Elementary School are early adopters of the…