Online assessments were once limited to computers connected to a network, but now can be administered on a multitude of electronic devices.
Recent advances in technology continue to influence the testing industry. Online assessment is rapidly changing. Once limited to assessment delivered via a computer connected to a network, assessments can now be administered on a multitude of electronic communication devices, including computers, and on handheld devices such as smartphones or clickers. Assessment in an online environment introduces a variety of measurement issues including test security for high stakes assessment and the comparability between assessments delivered in both online and traditional paper-and-pencil formats. Research in the area of online assessment is conducted to support improved measurement delivered in an online environment.
AES offers a time-saving tool to teachers and immediate diagnostic feedback to students for writing practices. However, automation also poses operational and technical challenges in classroom integration and in summative assessment.
States across the nation are working toward delivering their statewide assessments electronically. The study assesses the comparability of test scores between online and paper-based administrations of an Algebra and Algebra Readiness test.