Administration of Diploma Exams and Achievement Tests Using Digital Devices

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"Administration of Diploma Exams and Achievement Tests Using Digital Devices" Presentation by Michele Samuel and Dan Karas May 5, 2011 at the Jurisdiction Technology Contact Event in Calgary

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Administration of Diploma Exams and Achievement Tests Using Digital Devices

  1. 1. Administration of Diploma Exams and Achievement Tests Using Digital Devices<br />Alberta Education JTC Event<br />May 5, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Digital Administration of Diploma Exams and Achievement Tests<br />Quest A+<br />Student owned digital devices<br />Assistive technologies<br />
  3. 3. Exam Administration Requirements<br /><ul><li>Validity
  4. 4. Reliability
  5. 5. Fairness & Equity
  6. 6. Security</li></li></ul><li>Current State<br />Achievement Tests<br /><ul><li>Calculators
  7. 7. Digital format tests using computers (grades 6 & 9)
  8. 8. Extended response using a computer
  9. 9. Text-to-Speech</li></ul>Diploma Exams<br />Calculators<br /><ul><li>Franklin Language Master</li></ul>Extended response using a computer<br /><ul><li>Text-to-Speech</li></li></ul><li>Preferred Future<br />Delivery and administration of all diploma exams and achievement tests using digital devices<br />Use of approved assistive technologies when writing exams and tests<br />Marking of written responses using digital devices like e-readers<br />
  10. 10. Obstacles<br />Exam administration requirements<br />Validity<br />Reliability<br />Fairness & Equity<br />Security<br />Copyright<br />Implementation policies, guidelines, rules, procedures<br />Infrastructure and application upgrades, and the money to develop/provide it<br />
  11. 11. Current Priorities and Initiatives<br />Use of student owned digital devices (SODs) to deliver and/or administerpaper and digital format diploma exams and achievement tests<br />Use of assistive technologies when delivering and administeringdigital format diploma exams and achievement tests<br />
  12. 12. What is Quest A+?<br /><ul><li>Assessment delivery application
  13. 13. Acts as a “Locked Browser”
  14. 14. Student is “locked” into the assessment until completion
  15. 15. No access to network drives or internet
  16. 16. At the end of an assessment, the test and responses are automatically wiped from the computer</li></li></ul><li>Student Owned Device (SOD) Pilots<br />Focus of pilots<br />Use of SODs to administer paper format diploma exam & achievement test written responses<br />Use of SODs to deliver and administer digitalformat achievement tests<br />Obstacles<br />Security<br />Validity<br />Fairness & Equity<br />Copyright<br />Goal of pilots<br />Implementation policies, guidelines, rules, procedures, application upgrades<br />
  17. 17. Student Owned Device Pilot (cont’d)<br />History<br />January 2011 – one school used SODs for Diploma Exam written responses and one school used SODs for Achievement written responses<br />Students can use PCs or Macs (not Ipad)<br />Practice<br />Schools can have access to the secure Quest A+ Locked Browser on demand. <br />Students practice with the Quest A+ word processor and teachers practice printing<br />Printing<br />Teachers print from a central test “monitor”<br />Students could have virtual printers or access to outside printers<br />
  18. 18. Student Owned Device Pilot (cont’d)<br />During an assessment<br />Every 50th character, responses are sent to Learner Assessment <br />Students can “force save” at any time<br />Teachers can print from the test monitor at any time<br />Index number automatically inserted<br />After the assessment<br />Teachers print from the test monitor<br />Students staple in their booklets as per usual<br />Advantages for schools<br />Technicians no longer have to disable internet, etc.<br />Technicians no longer need to wipe responses from the network<br />
  19. 19. Assistive Technology Pilots<br />Focus of pilots<br /><ul><li>Use of assistive tools to deliver and administer digital format diploma exams & achievement tests</li></ul>Obstacles<br /><ul><li>Security
  20. 20. Validity
  21. 21. Fairness & Equity
  22. 22. Copyright</li></ul>Goal of pilots<br /><ul><li>Implementation policies, guidelines, rules, procedures, application upgrades</li></li></ul><li>June 2011 Pilots Summary<br />Administration of exams and tests using Quest A+<br /><ul><li>Written response questions
  23. 23. School or student owned devices – all grades, paper format
  24. 24. Machine scored questions
  25. 25. School or student owned devices –grades 6 & 9, digital format</li></li></ul><li>How to Participate <br />Contact:<br />Dan Karas<br />780-415-0666<br />Dan.Karas@gov.ab.ca<br />

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