We are wondering how others handle spelling tests.
Is there a trick we are missing to turn off spellchecking for shortanswer type questions? Students can quickly see they misspelled a word when it is underlined in red by the browser.
We think we might have a solution using a render override to fix the shortanswer question type for K-12 students but I am interested in seeing if other solutions exists and what issues you might have come across.
Before I retired, in my lab all I could do was make sure all my 7th and 8th graders used Firefox, and before a test, in it's options we turned off, Check your spelling as you type. I would have them go around the room and verify this was done on their classmates computers. I then had a monitoring program that let me see a miniature of all student monitors during testing so I could make sure they did not turn spell check back on.
Eventually, I just switched to drag and drop with all the common misspelled versions or each word along with the correctly spelled word. I even started including the words in drag and drop phrases, so they would have to pick the right punctuation, capitalization, etc.
Depending on the course and the need (a lot of my courses use enough "weird" words and Latin I don't have to worry about spell check!) I have used two different formats.
1. Either a drop-down list with random common misspellings of the word or a multiple choice with the same misspellings.
2. Audio files, annoying to set up but if I'm not too worried about spell check I record the audio and have them type the word they hear
The other thing I'm careful to do is set a (reasonable) time limit to the test to try and make it harder for them to reply on spellcheck, etc