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Online Testing

DRC has extensive experience (since 2006) overseeing the development and administration of online testing for numerous statewide assessments. With states transitioning to online testing in their own way and at varying paces, DRC has provided guidance and tools for standards-based testing, delivering grades 3–8 and high school, end-of-course, diagnostic, and formative assessments.

Whether the program is statewide high-stakes testing or integrated into classroom instruction, a smooth transition to online testing is critical. As a full-service assessment partner, we have tailored innovative solutions that have helped our clients deliver powerful, insightful, student-centric assessments:

  • Alaska—Began with a comprehensive technology readiness project to determine district preparedness for the introduction of online testing in fall 2013, followed by an online item pilot in spring 2014 to help districts, schools, teachers, and students gain experience with testing online.

  • Idaho—One of the earliest states to move completely online; currently 99% online. In response to a survey, 100% of districts responded that they would not want to return to paper-pencil testing.

  • Michigan—Administered online cognitive interviews to students in grades K–2 in 2012. In spring 2013, DRC piloted their interim assessment online. Michigan then selected DRC to administer next-generation assessments in DRC INSIGHT, which was done successfully in spring 2015.

  • Nebraska—For the first operational administration of their standards-based assessment (NeSA) in Spring 2010, participation was over 75%. Nebraska achieved over 97% participation by Spring 2013.

  • Oklahoma—Began transition with use of online testing for a non-high-stakes subject (Geography). Gradually moved to high-stakes subjects, adding mathematics and reading during the 2007–2008 school year.

  • Pennsylvania—Introduced classroom-based diagnostic tests in 2010, and offered end-of-course exams in both paper-pencil and online formats. DRC has also helped transition the 3–8 program to online delivery with the first online administration in spring 2013.

  • South Carolina—The State Legislature hired DRC to do a feasibility study of the issues and costs involved in transitioning to online testing. The state subsequently began offering its end-of-course tests online, followed by its English language development assessment in 2013. The 3–8 summative assessment moved online in spring 2015.

  • Washington—Began voluntary online testing for grades 6–8 in 2010. In 2013, achieved nearly 50% online participation for grades 3–8.

  • WIDA Consortium—DRC was selected as the technology partner to deliver WIDA’s next-generation, technology-based language assessment system for students in grades 1–12 who are learning English. The field test was administered in 23 states in spring 2014, with another field test in early 2015 and operational dual-mode testing beginning in fall 2015.

Transitioning to online testing brings challenges in both implementation and deployment. DRC carefully reviews our clients’ requirements and planned implementation schedule and then support our clients to ensure a smooth transition. ​

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