ERIC Number: EJ1122917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Device Comparability of Tablets and Computers for Assessment Purposes
Davis, Laurie Laughlin; Kong, Xiaojing; McBride, Yuanyuan; Morrison, Kristin M.
Applied Measurement in Education, v30 n1 p16-26 2017
The definition of what it means to take a test online continues to evolve with the inclusion of a broader range of item types and a wide array of devices used by students to access test content. To assure the validity and reliability of test scores for all students, device comparability research should be conducted to evaluate the impact of testing device on student test performance. The current study looked at the comparability of test scores across tablets and computers for high school students in three commonly assessed content areas and for a variety of different item types. Results indicate no statistically significant differences across device type for any content area or item type. Student survey results suggest that students may have a preference for taking tests on devices with which they have more experience, but that even limited exposure to tablets in this study increased positive responses for testing on tablets.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, High School Students, Tests, Scores, Computers, Handheld Devices, Computer Assisted Testing, Statistical Analysis, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Preferences, Hypothesis Testing, Comparative Analysis, Factor Analysis, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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