Transition to Online Assessment Sparks Collective ‘Roadmap’

By Catherine Gewertz — June 28, 2011 1 min read
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A few months back, Pearson launched an online tool to solicit thoughts about the transition to online testing. This “wiki” was intended to collect ideas from states and others that might shape something of a roadmap as they progressed into the computer-based-testing world envisioned by the common standards. (We blogged about the wiki here.)

Unveiled at last week’s CCSSO assessment conference, the wiki has evolved, and now has feedback from state people and others involved in the work. It goes over key elements of high-quality digital learning, discusses security questions, and offers case studies of how Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi made the transition. Much of the document is devoted to detailing a five-step plan for online-testing transition: conducting a needs analysis, developing a realistic transition strategy and plan, ensuring interoperability, communicating proactively, and anticipating ongoing change.

It’s a work in progress, with more content anticipated. Anyone who wants to see it can do so, at Pearson’s “next generation roadmap” page.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.