Learning.com has introduced TechLiteracy Assessment, a solution for schools pursuing a definitive way of demonstrating that state and national standards are being addressed. The No Child Left Behind Act requires that every student be technologically literate by the time he or she finishes eighth grade, and most districts have plans to address this mandate. However, many schools are still missing the final piece of the plan, how to measure technology literacy, according to the Learning.com announcement. TechLiteracy Assessment is designed to address this problem.
TechLiteracy Assessment is a district-wide solution for measuring elementary and middle school students' proficiency with information and communication technologies. Districts will also be able to use TechLiteracy Assessment results to determine the effectiveness of the implementation of technology literacy curricula, such as the EasyTech system from Learning.com, according to the announcement.
TechLiteracy Assessment items are leveled for grades 3-5 and 6-8, and are aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education's National Education Technology Standards (NETS) and other state technology standards. Assessments include both multiple-choice and performance-based items, covering a range of technology tools, concepts, and strategies most prevalent in modern classroom settings. TechLiteracy Assessment is designed to fit testing events within a 50-minute class period.
TechLiteracy Assessment will be fully available in spring 2006, although several large districts are piloting the program in fall 2005. The offering has already been piloted in the Austin, Texas, Independent School District with 5,000 5th graders and 150 8th graders. Pricing for TechLiteracy Assessment starts at $5 per student per year, for unlimited testing events during the year. For more information, visit http://www.learning.com/tla.
Source: Learning.com, http://www.learning.com/