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ETS Research Seeks Fairness for All Test Takers
As a former special education teacher and consultant, I have great interest in how the new Common Core State Assessment will look for at-risk, special education and ELL populations. I recently came across a national website whose goal is to support an assessment that is both “fair and valid to all test takers”.
ETS is a non-profit organization purposing to advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research.” Their contributions will embody a system that provides high quality tests with a meaningful scoring system. Currently, they are working very closely with the CCSS initiative, and have four disabilities-related projects in the works supported by the U.S. Department of Education.
ETS is also researching areas that are specifically relevant regard to the aforementioned populations, their parents, and educational providers within the school system. Their research involves exploring the development of alternative testing venues such as computer-voiced output devices, for test takers who are blind or visually impaired. They are “using evidence-based design” to ensure that tests are accessible to students with disabilities”. They are exploring innovative test-taking technologies that might improve test-taking capabilities for students using technology. More specifically, ETS is researching the impact of 2 common accommodation types: read-alouds and extended time and how it might impact a variety of testing situations.
Below is a listing of projects that ETS (USDE) is currently working on:
- Research to examine the use of feedback and the opportunity to revise answer choices on accountability assessments
- Development of new math-to-speech technologies for students who are blind or visually impaired
- A project to incorporate refreshable braille capabilities into a computer-based testing platform
- The Technology Assisted Reading Assessment (TARA) project (to see a prototype, please visit TARA's website)
To learn about ETS's current research projects in this area, view our research portfolio (PDF).
Stay tuned for more updates as they begin to surface!
School Support Specialist