Monday, April 25, 2011

ATI’s Approach to Comprehensive Assessment

A well-designed comprehensive assessment system includes many different types of assessment serving the needs of students from preschool to the 12th grade. The various assessment types serve different purposes and provide many benefits. ATI’s comprehensive assessment system includes benchmark, formative, screening and placement tests, plus interim and final course examinations, pretests and posttests, computerized adaptive tests, and instruments documenting instructional effectiveness. Perhaps the most important benefit of a comprehensive assessment system is that it supports the ability to adapt to continuous change.

Benefits of a Comprehensive Assessment System

Comprehensive assessment systems hold the promise of providing beneficial changes in the ways in which assessment is used in education. Perhaps the most significant change is the increase that a comprehensive system can provide in the amount of information available to improve education.

• In a comprehensive system, results from a variety of assessments can be placed on a common scale. The use of a common scale makes is possible to directly compare results from different assessments, offering a more complete picture of academic accomplishments.

• A comprehensive assessment system can also increase assessment efficiency. In ATI’s comprehensive system, a technology platform common across assessment types is developed to facilitate implementation of the system. The platform includes artificial intelligence routines that guide the construction, review, publication, security, scheduling, administration, and scoring of tests, plus psychometric analyses, reporting, and the provision of actionable decision options.

• A comprehensive system also provides system monitoring tools that make it possible to guide system implementation. These tools include information regarding when tests have been constructed, reviewed, revised, and delivered. Monitoring information also provides data on the extent to which different types of assessment are used. This information can be used to guide the development and refinement of a comprehensive customized assessment strategy.

View ATI’s White Paper on Comprehensive Assessment.

This white paper, prepared by ATI, gives a more detailed discussion of the major types of assessments included in a comprehensive system, the purposes of each type of assessment, and the characteristics and procedures required to ensure the effective implementation of each type of assessment.

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