My staff is curious about online assessment, both its benefits and potential drawbacks. However, weâ€™re not ready to invest in an expensive system without more research, and at this time neither the district nor our state is moving toward Web-based assessments. Are there inexpensive resources we could use now to work through some of the basic logistics such as access to equipment and testing schedules?
You donâ€™t need to make a large initial investment in a testing system, or wait for your district or state level educational agency to take the lead in order to experiment with online testing in a simple format. There are a number of free and low-priced Web-based services designed for use by teachers or individual sites. For example:
Interested teachers can conduct a low-key pilot program by developing, administering, and scoring quizzes and tests online. This is a great way for you and your staff to start exploring some of the basic benefits and challenges of online assessment.
Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young