Testing & Assessments
Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT) are dynamically customized for each student and are able to match the knowledge and ability of a test taker. The tests adjust the difficulty of questions based on the student’s response. If a student answers a question correctly, the next question can be made harder; if a student answers incorrectly, the next question can be made easier. The advantage of this is that the tests:
- provide more reliable information about what students know—especially those at the very low and high ends of the spectrum.
- give teachers the opportunity to adjust their instruction more quickly based on the results and provide information on what instruction is needed.
- provide comprehensive assessment, which educators use to determine what students have learned at the end of a unit, term, or year.
- can be used to identify students who may need specialized academic support in a specific skill or subject area, such reading, writing, or math.