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State standardized testing for students is necessary to gauge development and learning levels, but it can be a painful process. In an effort to bring standardized testing into the 21st century, Ohio recently completed a pilot of an online testing program that will go live statewide in the fall of 2014, the Lima News reports. Approximately 200 eighth-graders were tested with the new system that uses a secure browser to prevent Internet navigation outside of the test. Like current written tests, the online versions consist of multiple-choice and constructive response questions, but they are more colorful and interactive. Student responses have been overwhelmingly positive, due in part to the fact that results for the multiple-choice sections are available immediately, rather than six weeks later. To alleviate technology access issues when the program is implemented statewide, schools will be given more time to complete testing for all grade levels.