ERIC Number: ED446325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Technology-Delivered Assessment: Diamonds or Rocks? ERIC/CASS Digest.
Wall, Janet E.
Educators have understood the potential of technology in supplementing the instructional process, including the use of technology in the area of assessment. Technology used with good testing practices offers some capabilities that add value to educational assessment. These include: accessibility; immediate feedback; ability to use new assessment theories; portfolio assessment; ability to assess higher order skills; and persons with disabilities. Despite these positive elements, there are cautions that accompany the technology tools. These cautions concern: accessibility; test security; test taker identity; privacy/confidentiality; lack of information on the quality of the instrument; test comparability; gender, racial, and ethnic fairness; reporting and interpretation; lack of human contact; and familiarity with technology. Counselors need to be aware of the various issues related to the construction, production, administration, and interpretation of tests delivered via computers or the Internet. Various standards for testing that are applicable to both paper/pencil and technology-delivered assessment are discussed. (MKA)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Bias, Confidentiality, Disabilities, Evaluation, Internet, Measures (Individuals), Portfolio Assessment, Standards, Technology, Theories, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.