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ERIC Number: ED414536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 31
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Computerized Adaptive Testing through the World Wide Web.
Shermis, Mark D.; Mzumara, Howard; Brown, Mike; Lillig, Clo
An important problem facing institutions of higher education is the number of students reporting that they are not adequately prepared for the difficulty of college-level courses. To meet this problem, a computerized adaptive testing package was developed that permitted remote placement testing of high school students via the World Wide Web. The rationale for developing the project, how the programming was formulated, implementation and security issues, and preliminary data on student performance/reactions to the testing are presented in this report. The sample for the study consisted of 223 high school students from a suburban school district. Seventy-two percent of the students were juniors--grade point averages ranged from 1.5 to 4.0 (on a four-point scale). Three placement tests (a holistically scored writing sample, a reading test, and a math placement exam) were adapted for administration over an Internet link. Results show that student performance and perceptions of the math and writing tests were generally positive. Plans are underway to use a computerized writing evaluation program to assess written essays and to project what a student's performance might be one or two years into the future. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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