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Ohio may face computer shortage for test

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio public schools likely won't have enough computers to have all students take new state-mandated tests beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

Barbara Shaner, associate executive director of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, says many school systems haven't yet been able to bring their computer technology up to the levels required to administer the test to every student.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/XWsdtT ) reports that districts could seek state permission to deliver the new tests on paper if they can't come up with enough computers. While the paper tests won't have substantially different questions, students will be at a disadvantage because they won't have the benefit of voice and visual prompts.

A state school official noted that districts still have two years to buy enough computers.

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