ERIC Number: EJ708099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-1
Reference Count: 5
The Potential, Pitfalls and Promise of Computerized Testing
McHenry, Bill; Griffith, Leonard; McHenry, Jim
T.H.E. Journal, v31 n9 p28 Apr 2004
Imagine administering an online standardized test to an entire class of 11th-grade students when, halfway through the exam, the server holding the test hits a snag and throws everyone offline. Imagine another scenario in which an elementary school has very few computers so teachers must bus their students to the local high school for a timed test. At the new test site, six students suddenly refuse to take the test and begin crying, while simultaneously more than half of the students discover they have trouble reaching the keyboards. These scenarios demonstrate that there are many risks in using computers to test students. However, thinking ahead about the needs of students, the testing site and the system being implemented limits the potential for problems to arise during testing. In this article, these risks are discussed and possible solutions are suggested.
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Risk, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Data Analysis, Scoring, Special Needs Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001