Volume 17, Issue 1 (1988)
Assessment of Academic Skills of Learning Disabled Students With Classroom Microcomputers
Marley W. Watkins, Joseph C. Kush
ABSTRACT: Computer assisted tests have been recommended as a method to make individualized learning systems more manageable, accurate, and efficient. However, until recently the use of computer-assisted testing has been restricted to settings where sophisticated computing technology and assistance were available. Recent advances in computer technology have made computer-assisted testing possible on microcomputers within typical classroom settings. In the present investigation, a criterion-referenced capitalization test was administered to learning disabled elementary school students in microcomputer and paper-and-pencil versions. Results indicated that similar instructional interventions were generated by both versions of the test, but efficiency and student attitudes favored the computerized test. In addition, students completed the computerized version of the test much quicker than the conventional version, and answers were automatically scored by the computer, subsequently reducing test-scoring time and eliminating the possibility of hand-scoring errors. It was concluded that microcomputer-assisted testing, utilizing a tailored testing or adaptive testing model, holds considerable promise in the assessment of educational skills and the design of instructional programs.
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