Eleven schools in suburban Baltimore are starting a pilot program to test students with hand-held electronic devices.
The gizmos look a little like a TV remote control with a small screen.
They replace traditional pencil and paper tests.
Mandi Dietrich of Baltimore County schools says the iRespond technology will save time and allow teachers to focus on their teaching.
If the technology is adopted system wide, school officials say it will eventually save money on paper tests and scan sheets.