According to a report in the SMH today, Australian kids could all be taking their literacy and numeracy tests online in the near future, killing the hopes and dreams of pencil manufacturers everywhere.
The tests, which are mandatory for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 around the country, could soon be going online, although it would be up to each state's education minister to decide whether or not that state would offer the online option.
Even if the online test does become a reality, there's little chance it will become mandatory, due to a lack of computers in schools. Most likely, it will be an optional way of testing, with the benefits being more immediate results and the use of videos in questions.
Although somehow they'd have to lock off the power of Google...