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Document Number: 3175

How the Internet Will Help Large-Scale Assessment Reinvent Itself - Large-scale assessment in the United States is undergoing enormous pressure to change. That pressure stems from many causes: an outmoded cognitive-scientific basis for test design; a mismatch with curriculum; the differential performance of population groups; a lack of information to help individuals improve; and inefficiency. These issues provide a strong motivation to reconceptualize both the substance and the business of large-scale assessment. At the same time, advances in technology, measurement and cognitive science are providing the means to make that reconceptualization a reality. This paper suggests that the largest facilitating factor affecting large-scale assessment will be technological, in particular the Internet. (Randy Elliot Bennett, Education Policy Analysis Archives, vol. 9, no. 5, February 2001)...

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