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TechLiteracy Assessment by Debuts

Posted Mar 22, 2006
Bookmark and Share has announced nationwide availability of TechLiteracy Assessment, a new online authentic assessment tool to measure elementary and middle school students' proficiency with information and communication technology.

The No Child Left Behind Act states that by 2006, schools must ensure that every student is technologically literate before the student finishes the eighth grade. Effective immediately, districts throughout the U.S. can use TechLiteracy Assessment to gather data to meet NCLB mandates and demonstrate that national and state technology standards have been addressed. Districts can use their TechLiteracy Assessment results to determine how to modify their instructional program to ensure mastery of these critical skills, according to the announcement.

TechLiteracy Assessment was piloted last fall in eight districts and administered to more than 8,000 students across 68 schools. In January, a panel was convened to review test items and set proficiency standards for the elementary and middle-school versions of TechLiteracy Assessment. This panel, the TLA Working Group, comprised 16 educators and experts in technology instruction and assessment across eight states.

TechLiteracy Assessment is designed specifically for elementary and middle school students, and its items are leveled for grades 3-5 and 6-8. TechLiteracy Assessment covers the full range of technology tools used in modern classroom settings.

A mix of multiple choice and performance-based questions test technology concepts and strategies rather than specific brands of computer software, requiring students to demonstrate adaptable technology skills. The assessment can be completed within a 50-minute class period, allowing for maximum flexibility in districts.

TechLiteracy Assessment is certified as aligned to ISTE's National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S).


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