ERIC Number: EJ719948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
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No Longer a Year Behind
Learning & Leading with Technology, v33 n2 p15-17 Oct 2005
In this article, one school district shares its experiences with computer-based testing and the immediate access to data it can provide. The Barren County School District in Glasgow, Kentucky, has partnered with the Northwest Evaluation Association to use their computer-based Measure of Academic Progress (MAP). The MAP testing platform is unique--it is differentiated to each test taker, creating what is known as a "leveled test." The RIT scale is used to provide a consistent scoring level for all subject areas. Students start at an average grade level, and as questions are answered, the test continually adjusts the difficulty level up or down until it finds the student's true ability level. Questions are weighted by type and group. Immediate short summary results are available within 24 hours of testing, and a complete detailed summary is available within a week of the final district testing date. Teachers and technology curriculum specialists found that instruction was greatly improved by the immediate access to data. It is suggested that district administrators could use the data to access student achievement across the district compare program success between schools, determine learning gaps and achievements, then adjust the curriculum accordingly.
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Student Evaluation, Scoring, Academic Ability, Difficulty Level, School Districts, Academic Achievement, Evaluation Methods, Computer Assisted Testing, Instructional Improvement, Evaluation Utilization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky