The potential of adaptive assessment
Education Leadership, 71(6)
It often feels as though our schools are designed as factories whose goal is to create a consistent product (the successful graduate) with the same attributes time after time. And our accountability and assessment policies appear to be built to reinforce this factory-style model. But technology now offers a different approach that is being used by increasing numbers of schools: computerized adaptive testing (CAT). In this article, the authors explain how CAT provides a more precise, accurate picture of the achievement levels of both low-achieving and high-achieving students by adjusting questions as the testing goes along. The immediate, informative test results enable teachers to differentiate instruction to meet individual students’ current academic needs.See More
This article was published outside of NWEA. The full text can be found at the link above.