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2012 Grade 4 Writing Computer-Based Assessment Study - A study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to find out if fourth-graders were computer-savvy enough to take a digital writing assessment concluded their abilities varied. As a result, NAEP modified the test, presenting one instruction at a time, for example, rewriting directions using fewer words and changing the text-to-speech icon from a person with a speech bubble to an ear with sound waves. Forty-seven percent of student responses received a three or four, which represents developing or adequate writing skills. (National Assessment of Educational Progress, July 2014)...

Getting Ready for Online Assessments - The looming 2014-2015 school year deadline to adopt new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and assessments should be viewed as an opportunity, according to the authors. They write that standards and testing could usher in a new, more equitable era in education in which learning is personalized for every student. They recommend preparing for instructional shifts rather than for assessment readiness and provide concrete recommendations for a successful transition. (Digital Learning Now!, January 2013)...

Considerations for Next-Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014 - Making the transition from paper and pencil testing to online assessment is the topic of this Pearson roadmap. The roadmap was designed to explain how states will benefit from new generation learning and to help states navigate challenges and mitigate the issues they will face as they transition. The guide also includes lessons learned from educators and administrators and suggested steps for transitioning to online testing. (Pearson, June 2011)...


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