Technology can transform testing in ways that will dramatically improve teaching and learning, writes Bill Tucker of Education Sector.
Using multiple forms of media that allow for both visual and graphical representations, we can present complex, multi-step problems for students to solve, and we can collect detailed information about an individual student’s approach to problem solving. This information may allow educators to better comprehend how students arrive at their answers and learn what those pathways reveal about students’ grasp of underlying concepts, as well as to discover how they can alter their instruction to help move students forward. Most importantly, the new research projects have produced assessments that reflect what cognitive research tells us about how people learn, providing an opportunity to greatly strengthen the quality of instruction in the nation’s classrooms.
Technology-enabled assessment already is used in military training and medical education, Tucker writes.