“Assessments that Empower Success: The Role of Technology” is a new online report from AEL Inc. (formerly the Appalachia Educational Laboratory) and the Institute for the Advancement of Emerging Technologies in Education (IAETE). As part of its national leadership work, IAETE is holding a series of workshops to address technology’s role in generating and supporting intelligent assessment systems. This publication is a summary of a symposium held in Dallas on Nov. 12, 2002. The 16-page document discusses the role technology can play in bettering student assessment, beginning with an outline of the current state of assessment in schools. The publication then addresses the issue by incorporating feedback and suggestions from some of the nation’s leading authorities, including John Bailey, director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education; Jim Pellegrino of the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Chris Dede of Harvard University. Throughout the report, these and other distinguished panelists discuss the ways and means to achieve a better culture of student assessment in the nation’s schools.

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