Implications of Electronic Technology for the NAEP Assessment
The purpose of this paper is to review major options NAEP faces regarding introduction of technology into the assessment and to review priorities that can guide this introduction.
Technological innovations for NAEP currently being considered fall into three broad categories:
- Computer-based presentation of items and recording of responses on assessments of existing NAEP constructs
- Extension of NAEP to assessment of new constructs, using technology
- Computer enhancement of assessment processes other than presenting items to students and recording their responses
These categories lead to different requirements for research on the impact of innovations on NAEP validity. Thus, early identification of the highest priority innovations is important, so that validity research can be carried out prior to their introduction into NAEP operations.