What tech leaders need to know about online assessments

Smith said his district uses the Angel Learning Management System (LMS) for daily assessments and implemented a lock down browser in conjunction with Angel so students don’t wander from the tests. There are also quarterly assessments with ThinkGate, and end-of-grade and end-of-course online assessments.

“As we move to more personalized learning, it will prove key to build systems that follow open standards,” said Hill.

Smith showed that, already, online assessments have made a difference in district performance.

For example, Mooresville High School met 100 percent of its AMO targets. Other achievements include:

  • The overall composite for students testing proficient on state end-of-course exams grew from 68 percent in 2006-07 to 91 percent in 2011-12—a 23 percentage point increase over 6 years.
  • Third in the state out of 115 districts for its 2012 graduation rates: 90 percent of students went on to attend a 4-year institution (up from only 50 percent in 2006).
  • A 16 percent growth in all academic achievement in testing across the district.

For more information on state and district implementation online assessment best practices, be sure to visit SETDA’s resource page.

Each narrative provides an in-depth look at what it took a district to implement the assessments, as well as key factors in each state’s approach to infrastructure and training and communication. There are also downloadable resources that range from training agendas to checklists for technology readiness to sample letters from the state to school districts.

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