PRINCETON, N.J., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research scientists from Educational Testing Service (ETS) will join educational assessment practitioners from the national, state and district levels at the upcoming Council of Chief State School Officers' National Conference on Student Assessment at the National Harbor in Maryland on June 19‒22. During the four-day conference, ETS will participate in 14 sessions, sharing research on innovative ways of assessing student achievement and taking part in discussions relating to policy issues.
During the conference's Technology Showcase, ETS specialists, who are helping to design and carry out research on innovative technology in assessment, will participate in two technology-focused sessions: "Designing Technology-Enhanced Assessments for Next Generation Students" and "Usability Research: Lessons Learned for Digital Assessment Delivery." The interactive sessions will include some of the latest research and assessment efforts that ETS has been involved with including:
- utilizing tablets to assess English-language learners' English proficiency
- transitioning from paper-based assessments to online achievement assessments to assess progress of students in grades 1-3
- designing items to adapt to user-supplied hardware, including usability issues such as laptop interfaces versus tablet interfaces or using a traditional keyboard versus a touch screen keyboard
"Digital delivery of high stakes assessments can transform the way we engage with students and understand their performance," commented John Oswald, Vice President and General Manager, K‒12 Student Assessment Programs at ETS. "It provides practitioners with new opportunities to learn and assess student thinking and problem solving in ways that were not possible in the past. We look forward to productive exchanges with assessment professionals regarding the latest data and trends driving the field."
The Technology Showcase presentations featuring ETS's latest research on the role of technology in next-generation assessments will take place on Friday, June 21 from 10 a.m.‒noon. More information about the conference is available at http://www.ccsso.org/ncsa.html.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org
SOURCE Educational Testing Service