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Cisco Networking Academy: Next-Generation Assessments and Their Implications for K-12 Education - In 1996, Cisco Systems, a networking corporation, discovered a shortage of qualified candidates to design, build, manage and secure computer networks. So they founded an academy at 64 educational institutions, which has grown to 9,000 worldwide. In so doing, they developed an inexpensive online formative assessment system partly based on traditional assessment, partly on simulation tasks and game-based assessments. That system holds great hope for K-12. (Meredith Liu, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, December 2014)...

The End of Erasures: Updating Test Security Laws and Policies for Computerized Testing - A check of testing manuals of 16 states that administered at least one mandatory computer-administered assessment revealed issues with storage and secure materials, test access, testing windows and student workstations. This paper recommends a statutes- and regulations-update reflecting the shift to computer-based testing.(ACT) ...

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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