Provides an overview of information technology's potential to enable better assessments of student achievement. Outlines promising models for testing complex skills, cognition, and learning and for utilizing such assessments to improve instruction.
- Successful Strategy: Powerful new technologies and important developments in cognitive science show potential for a new generation of student testing that could contribute to significant improvements in teaching and learning in the nation's classrooms.
- Successful Strategy: In the classroom and at the school-level, new technologies can allow assessment results to be made available immediately to teachers, administrators, and district officials.
- Successful Strategy: Technology-based assessments can provide a greater connection to instruction, giving educators the chance to collect information that can be used proactively to inform instruction, rather than only retroactively to gauge success.
- Successful Strategy: Digital materials are inherently flexible, making it feasible to customize materials and methods to each individual.