National Education Technology Plan- Assessment

Hi, I'm Sylvia Findlay and I'm presenting the assessment section of the National Education Technology Plan. I'd like to share some of the key points on assessment using technology as given in the  2017 National plan.

Measuring Learning

What is NETP?

Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning.

The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) sets a national vision and plan for learning
enabled by technology through building on the work of leading education researchers; district,
school, and higher education leaders; classroom teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and
nonprofit organizations.

The NETP focuses on using technology to transform learning experiences with the
goal of providing greater equity and accessibility

What is the goal of NETP?

  • Equity and Equality
  • Equity and Accessibility
  • Learning and Teaching

Technology- enabled Assessments

Technology-enabled assessments support learning and teaching by communicating evidence of learning progress and providing insights to teachers; administrators; families; and, most importantly, the learners themselves. These assessments can be embedded within digital learning activities to reduce interruptions to learning time.

At all levels, our education system will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data to improve learning.

Future of Assessment

Assessments using technology

Assessments delivered using technology also can provide a more complete and nuanced picture of student needs, interests,and abilities than can traditional assessments, allowing educators to personalize learning.

Continued advances in technology will expand the use of ongoing, formative, and embedded assessments that are less disruptive and more useful for improving learning. These advances also ensure that all students have the best opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on statewide assessments that increasingly focus on real-world skills and complex demonstrations of understanding.

Approaches to Assessment

Various types of assessments are appropriate for different uses and at different times. Optimally, a comprehensive assessment system balances multiple assessment approaches to ensure that students, families, educators, and policymakers have timely and appropriate information to support individual learners and to make good decisions to strengthen educational systems overall.

Summative assessments

Summative assessments measure student knowledge and skills at a specific point in time. Summative assessment soften are administered in common to a group of students, whether an entire class, grade level at a school, or grade level across a district. These assessment results can help to determine whether students are meeting standards in a given subject and to evaluate the effectiveness of an instructional curriculum or model

Formative assessments

Formative assessments are frequent, instructionally embedded checks for understanding that provide quick, continual snapshots of student progress across time. Formative assessments provide information during the instructional process, before summative assessments are administered. Both teachers and students can use the results from formative assessments to determine what actions to take to help promote further learning. These assessments help identify students’ understanding, inform and improve the instructional practice of teachers, and help students track their own learning.

Working Example on Approaches to Assessments

How Technology Transforms Assessment?

Imagine and Redefine Assessment (Click on the hotspot to learn more on each attribute)

Transitioning to Technology-based assessments

Future of Technology-Based Assessments

Transitioning to technology-based assessment is well under way. Such assessments will continue to improve across time in the following ways.

- Continuous Improvement of Assessments - Online delivery of assessments allows for continuous improvement of test items.

- Integrated Learning and Assessment Systems - Ensuring equity while also providing accelerated personalization is the one of the greatest challenges and opportunities moving forward for technology in assessment.

-Using Data Effectively and Appropriately - Providing meaningful, actionable information that is collected across all of these systems will require agreement on the technical format for sharing data while attending to student privacy and security

- Learning Dashboards That Enable Visualizations- Learning dashboards integrate information from assessments, learning tools, educator observations,and other sources to provide compelling, comprehensive visual representations of student progress in real time

- Set of Shared Skill Standards - Micro-credentials, often referred to as badges, focus on mastery of a singular competency andare more focused and granular than diplomas, degrees, or certificates.

True or False

  • Sophisticated technology driven assessments will enable powerful, personalized learning
  • Embedded Assessments are not useful for diagnostic or support purposes
  • Micro-credentialing is an approach for a shared set of common skill standards
  • Technology based assessments develop a growth mindset- understanding that ability develops with effort
  • Non-cognitive competencies cannot be measured through technology-based assessments

Which one of the following is NOT an attribute of technology based assessments

  • Enables enhanced question types
  • Measure complex competencies
  • Increase Accessibility
  • Increases distractions due to gaming


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