Assessment and Technology


Measuring for Learning: Leveraging the Power of Technology
The US DOE Office of Technology offers insights into the transition to next-generation assessments, the potential of emerging data tools, and technology-enhanced performance measures.

Making it Happen: Formative Assessment and Educational Technologies
Janet Looney
“No one component in education is more important for bringing together all the elements needed for a leap in educational productivity than assessment.” This paper explores the role of technology in supporting learning.

To Assess, To Teach, To Learn: A Vision for the Future of Assessment
In this detailed report the Gordon Commission reviews key issues in assessment, identifies current challenges, and makes recommendation for what assessment must do in the future.

Assessment, Technology, and Change
Jody Clarke-Midura and Chris Dede
Despite rapid advances in information and communication technology, assessment has not progressed much and is simply being used to deliver versions of traditional test questions.

Integrating Assessment Within Instruction: A Look Forward
Neil Heffernan and Kenneth Koedinger at ETS
The authors explain their design along with data showing that technology enhanced assessments can improve reliability and validity by providing information about student’s misunderstandings and how much instructional assistance they need. The WPI ASSISTments system is described.

The Future of Learning: Personalized, Adaptive, and Competency-Based (PDF)
Tom Vander Ark
Explains the benefits, strategies, and challenges of technology-supported learning.

The Basics of Blended Instruction
Caitlin Tucker
Advice on blended teaching, learning, and assessing.

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age
Sarah Davies at JISC
This report draws on case studies and research at the crossroads between technology-enabled assessment, feedback, and high quality teaching and learning. Examples are provided of how technology can assist in the design of learning-focused assessment.

Technology to Support Next Generation Classroom Formative Assessment for Learning
Edys Quellmalz, WestEd
Digital tools and networked communities are described as strategies for supporting effective formative assessment. These types of assessment provide powerful supports for standards.


An Overview of E-Portfolios
Demonstrating and Assessing Student Learning with E-Portfolios
From Educause, these two documents explain the purpose and design of E-Portfolios that include purposefully selected artifacts (graphic, multimedia, text, etc.) to demonstrate student competencies.

Using Electronic Portfolios for Formative/Classroom-based Assessment.
Helen Barrett
Electronic and digital portfolios can support learning and assessment. Thoughtful design and implementation need to be considered to insure their validity and reliability.

A Guide to Computer Adaptive Testing
Tim Davey for ETS, SCASS, CCSSO
A guide to the differences that affect quality and a review of test formats and delivery.

A Framework for the Development of Computerized Adaptive Tests
Nathan Thompson and David Weiss
Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation
An introduction and overview of the process for developing Computer Adaptive Tests. Stages of development and steps at each stage are described.

Practical Questions in Introducing Computerized Adaptive Testing for K-12 Assessments
Walter Way
Pearsons Research Report
Algorithms, item development, delivery systems, and psychometrics are considered in relation to successful practice.

Recent Developments in Cognitive Diagnostic Computer Diagnostic Assessments
Alan Huebner
Newer models of assessment can diagnose a student’s mastery of specific skills and knowledge and provide information regarding strengths and weaknesses. This article provides an overview of this emerging field of psychometrics.