Computer-Based Testing: Practices and Considerations (NCEO Synthesis Report)

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Computer-Based Testing: Practices and Considerations (NCEO Synthesis Report)

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University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)





A report exploring the context of computer-based testing (CBT), current state computer-based tests, and considerations for students with disabilities, in part as follow-up to a similar exploration that occurred in the early 2000s when just a few states were beginning to develop and implement CBT for their state assessments. CBT has emerged as one of the recent "innovative" approaches to assessments most pursued by states. CBT is lauded as the answer to having cheaper and speedier test delivery for state and district-wide assessments. It is also seen by some as an avenue toward greater accessibility for students with disabilities. Nine considerations for states and districts are presented.

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The Center is supported through a Cooperative Agreement (#H326G050007) with the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Additional support for targeted projects, including those on English language learners, is provided by other federal and state agencies. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or Offices within it.

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Hodgson, Jennifer; Albus, Deb; Lazarus, Sheryl; Thurlow, Martha. (2010). Computer-Based Testing: Practices and Considerations (NCEO Synthesis Report). Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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