A new tool helps district leaders plan and create online assessments in the wake of their growing popularity.

The Online Assessment Planning Tool, supported by the Learning First Alliance, is accompanied by a report summarizing the best practices in online assessments.

The new report, which comes from CoSN, provides an update on the state of online assessments. It explains the different approaches taken by the national assessment consortia, Smarter Balanced and PARCC, and also discusses the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act on technology and online assessments.

Online assessments offer a number of direct benefits to different stakeholder groups, according to the report.

(Next page: Benefits to stakeholders; steps to best practices)

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