Computer-Based Testing—Where are We Now?
In 2015, the Office of State Assessment announced that New York State school districts would begin transitioning from traditional paper-based assessments for NYS Grades 3-8 Math and ELA to computer-based testing (CBT), with a target completion date of Spring 2020. Through the transition, the Nassau BOCES Test Scoring team has guided and supported 15 public school districts and 50 non-public schools. Participating schools have found that while computer-based testing requires some additional work up-front, it affords a much-appreciated relief at the end of the testing cycle when there are no answer sheets to be counted, sorted, and boxed, and no lingering book form bubbles to be filled in.
Each Fall, school districts identify which grade levels will participate in computer-based testing. Many districts have elected to implement computer-based testing on a small scale in their first year before expanding to all grade levels for both Math and ELA. As students have gained extensive experience through the pandemic with computer-based applications and assessments in other forms (as well as the increased accessibility to Chromebooks, iPads, and other devices) this is a good opportunity for districts to reconsider making this transition in the 2022-23 school year.
Our team supports school personnel in many ways from our Fall CBT meeting where school administrators new to CBT can learn from seasoned veterans, to providing weekly CBT deadline reminders, in-district and regional CBT training, and technical support. For more information, please visit our Computer-Based Testing webpage.
Moving from paper tests to CBT has a lot of advantages. Students have become more proficient at navigating websites and taking a test on a laptop is very familiar to them. There is a lot of organization of materials for administrators and teachers. This streamlines that process and makes it much more efficient.
Michael DeLuca Chatterton School, Merrick Union Free School District
This article is part of Connections, the quarterly newsletter of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology.