Educational Technology

May 31, 2012

Technology Challenges and the Move to Online Assessments

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Geoffrey H. Fletcher, THE Journal

If you are a technology leader in a school district or a state, the 2014-15 school year may be here all too soon. That is the year that 40-plus states will implement their online testing programs, and while more than 30 states now do their summative assessments online, these new tests will be different, demanding changes in instruction, and possibly different devices and more bandwidth. The new online assessments being created by two major consortia of states, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), will be based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and will address higher-order thinking skills, problem solving, and other more rigorous standards. The assessments will be online and will utilize some traditional multiple-choice questions along with different kinds of item types and tasks such as simulations, computer-based items, short answers, and a lot of writing.

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