Adaptive testing

ASC’s expertise in computerized adaptive testing (CAT) is recognized around the world.  Back in 2008, our co-founder was asked to contribute to an Education Week article about the topic.  CAT was seeing a significant growth in the US K-12 market at the time, so it was a timely piece.  Here’s part of the article:

In essence, “each student gets questions that are appropriate just for them,” said David J. Weiss, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an expert on computer-adaptive assessments. “[In a fixed-form test], low-ability students are going to get questions that are too difficult, and they’re going to be frustrated,” he said. “[With an adaptive test], everybody will be equally challenged.”

In addition to shortening the length of the test, the approach creates a fairer psychological test-taking environment for each student, said Mr. Weiss, who has studied computer-adaptive tests since the 1970s.

Want to read the rest?  It’s still up on the Education Week website, and available for free.

 

 

 

 

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Nathan Thompson earned his PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on computerized adaptive testing. His undergraduate degree was from Luther College with a triple major of Mathematics, Psychology, and Latin. He is primarily interested in the use of AI and software automation to augment and replace the work done by psychometricians, which has provided extensive experience in software design and programming. Dr. Thompson has published over 100 journal articles and conference presentations, but his favorite remains https://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=16&n=1.