Abstract:

Traditional psychometric and assessment sciences have focused on large-scale, summative assessment. However, the era of bubble sheets may be coming to a close as an increasing number of parents have opted out of traditional summative tests. More and more universities are adopting test-flexible policies, where alternative options are available to applicants in lieu of standardized test scores.

In the field of education, testing and learning practices have changed rapidly with the availability of educational technology and machine learning algorithms.  For example, educational games have become widely used by students in recent years. These games provide engaging learning environments and assessment opportunities that adapt to the learner’s needs. In addition, sophisticated machine learning algorithms and advances in artificial intelligence have allowed testing professionals to construct assessment with greater degrees of automation, near real-time or even on-the-fly.  In this new world of learning and assessment, what is the role of traditional assessment providers?  In this presentation the speakers will discuss what is missing from the current state of affairs and the assessment industry’s love-hate relationship with educational technologies.  They will also describe ways that ACT is working to bridge these gaps.