Additional Resources

“Using Electronic Assessment to Measure Student Performance.” The National Governors’ Association published a January 2002 report by Randy Bennett of the Educational Testing Service about computer-based assessment. It can be accessed at www.nga.org/cda/files/ELECTRONICASSESSMENT.pdf.

"Final Answer? Computer Testing’s Real Payoff, This District Found, Is Fast and Flexible Data" by James Coyle, Electronic School, March 2001. Accessible at www.electronicschool.com/2001/03/0301f8.html.

“An Overview of Computer-Based Testing” by Thanos Patelis, The College Board, April 2000. This report provides a good explanation and description of key issues. Accessible at www.collegeboard.com/research/html/rn09.pdfrn09.pdf.

"Computerized Testing: More Questions Than Answers," from FairTest, an advocacy organization critical of standardized testing. Accessible at www.fairtest.org/.

“The Gap Between Testing and Technology in Schools” by Michael Russell and Walter Haney of Boston College’s National Board on Educational Testing and Public Policy.

Websites:

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is conducting research and field tests on technology-based assessment. www.nces.ed.gov/naep3/studies/tbaproject.asp

The Education Commission of the States compiles useful articles and information about state activities related to computer-based testing. One article, “Smart Desktops for Teachers,” lays out numerous ways that technology can be integrated into assessment and diagnosis. www.ecs.org/

The Educational Testing Service has helpful documents that explain how computer-based testing works, what students and teachers can expect, and answers other questions. Practice questions are included. www.ets.org/cbt