Computers and Their Impact on State Assessments

Computers and Their Impact on State Assessments

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The Race To The Top program strongly advocates the use of computer technology in assessments. It dramatically promotes computer-based testing, linear or adaptive, in K-12 state assessment programs. Moreover, assessment requirements driven by this federal initiative exponentially increase the complexity in assessment design and test development. This book provides readers with a review of the history and basics of computer-based tests. It also offers a macro perspective for designing such assessment systems in the K-12 setting as well as a micro perspective on new challenges such as innovative items, scoring of such items, cognitive diagnosis, and vertical scaling for growth modeling and value added approaches to assessment. The editors' goal is to provide readers with necessary information to create a smarter computer-based testing system by following the advice and experience of experts from education as well as other industries. This book is based on a conference (http: // held by the Maryland Assessment Research Center for Education Success. It presents multiple perspectives including test vendors and state departments of education, in designing and implementing a computer-based test in the K-12 setting. The design and implementation of such a system requires deliberate planning and thorough considerations. The advice and experiences presented in this book serve as a guide to practitioners and as a good source of information for quality control. The technical issues discussed in this book are relatively new and unique to K-12 large-scale computer-based testing programs, especially due to the recent federal policy. Several chapters provide possible solutions to psychometricians dealing with the technical challenges related to innovative items, cognitive diagnosis, and growth modeling in computer-based linear or adaptive tests in the K-12 settingIn a field test of cognitive diagnostic assessment designed to mimic English Proficiency Level II, a well known English ... Internet to a laptop server, and 584 fifth and sixth grade students from the eight schools participated in the CD-CAT tests. ... continuous assessment with a maximum of 2, 000 students taking the test simultaneously (Liu et al, under review). ... Given that the scope of CDCAT applications is getting bigger and bigger, more and more research questions will be answered.

Title:Computers and Their Impact on State Assessments
Author:Robert W. Lissitz, Hong Jiao
Publisher:IAP - 2012-01


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