Monday, April 25, 2011

Assistive Technology and Test Scores

Assessment published research on the modification of tests using assistive technology. Sixty typically developing children ages 6-12 years old and 24 children with cerebral palsy were administered standard and modified versions of tests. The results indicated that the type of assistive technology used did not have a statistically significant effect on modified test scores. Quadrant forced-choice format tests had sufficient stability between standard and modified test versions. The researchers support the use of assistive technology and accessible procedures for some test instruments when assessing children with cerebral palsy.

This is important research to cite when we discuss modifying tests for children with cerebral palsy who use assistive technology. Teachers may need to take this into account when creating tests to even the playing field in the classroom.

Reference: Warschausky S, Van Tubbergen M, Asbell S, Kaufman J, Ayyangar R, Donders J. Modified Test Administration Using Assistive Technology : Preliminary Psychometric Findings Assessment. 2011 Apr 5. [Epub ahead of print]

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