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The potential of adaptive assessment


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Education Leadership, 71(6)

By: Edward Freeman


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.

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