ERIC Number: EJ1043841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
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Are Our Kids Ready for Computerized Tests?
Educational Leadership, v71 n6 p68-71 Mar 2014
As standardized assessments tied to the Common Core standards approach for K-12 students, U.S. teachers correctly feel that how we test students will change. Will students be ready for tests of proficiency done on computers? Gullen debriefed with 500 students in various grades who had just taken pilot assessment items connected to the coming assessments online, asking them what was positive or difficult about doing the tests online and what skills they thought students would need to take such tests. Third graders had trouble with using a cursor and scroll bar, secondary students reported trouble negotiating large amounts of text on-screen, and all students were frustrated by having to type their answers--so that they often cut short their responses. Gullen recommends six practices teachers should take to help students strengthen both computer skills and the ability to work independently on lengthy problems with many parts.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Computer Assisted Testing, Student Attitudes, Age Differences, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Grade 3, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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