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This paper describes an approach to large-scale assessment that uses tests that are delivered to students over the Internet and that are tailored (adapted) to each student's own level of proficiency. A brief background on large-scale assessment is followed by a description of this new technology and an example. Issues that need to be investigated are outlined. This computerized testing approach has three main features: (1) test items are administered adaptively; (2) the system uses several different types of questions, including selected-response and constructed-response items and (3) the assessment is administered through the Internet rather than relying solely on stand-alone workstations. Among the major advantages of such an approach would be decreased testing time; and improved test security. Computerized adaptive tests (CATs) are also particularly useful for evaluating student growth over time. Issues and concerns with CATs are also discussed. This discussion shows the critical need for cross-disciplinary research to ensure that the use of Web-based testing will truly benefit students. (Contains 38 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Adaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Testing, Student Evaluation, Test Construction, Testing Programs, World Wide Web

Author: Hamilton, Laura S.; Klein, Stephen P.; Lorie, William


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