Adaptive Assessments: Publishers Improving the World of Education


Adaptive Assessments

Before we get started, what exactly is adaptive testing? It begins with a large collection of questions and then chooses individual questions for test takers, depending on their best responses. As the test taker answers each questions correctly, the questions start becoming more difficult. Since its inception in 1972, it has become more prevalent worldwide. It’s proven to test a student’s learning capacity accurately and help the teacher in the process. In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 8,000 school districts representing 35,000 schools are currently using some form of computerized adaptive testing. That’s an enormous number of students taking these forms of test every year. It would be safe to assume that worldwide, more than a million students are taking some form of adaptive testing every year.

Any publisher interested in adaptive assessments needs to first understand the most important facets of the process.

  • Suggested Evaluation – The student accesses content from any source and takes a test. Results are analyzed, and the student is directed to review identified sections of the education material in question.
  • Weakness Test – The student accesses content from the system and take a test. Learning content is provided, and an adapted test is offered, focusing on areas of weakness.
  • Statically Inclined – Learning content is accessed within the adaptive system, and a test is taken. This generates a learning plan that uses statistical analysis; which is then presented to the learner. The student is then re-tested on past weaknesses.
  • Immediate Analysis- The system records a student’s every step as they go through a test answering a question. Feedback is immediately given when a student answers a question. This feedback is compared with the model solution, and the next question is selected.

From an educational point of view, how can publishers change the game? Essentially, when it comes to Adaptive Assessment Testing, publishers will have a big role to play.

  • New Revenue Streams – Publishers can market themselves as Adaptive Assessment Solutions While essentially they’re providing testing content to students everywhere, they can also market other products. It just takes a little bit creativity on the part of the content providers.
  • Offer High Quality Services – Publishers can actually direct appeal to testing companies and offer adaptive assessment services. Even if they have a functioning testing model, publishers can offer a better platform to test on or improve the existing one.
  • Smart Content – Creating content for adaptive purposes is a complicated process. A pathway needs to be identified so that the student actually learns from the testing process.
  • Be The Alternative – In this market, the publishers can market themselves as an alternative to the regular/traditional testing methods.

Looking towards the future, adaptive assessment tools for learning will become more prominent in the publishing world. It might even evolve into areas of simulations as well as virtual reality. They’re so many areas it can evolve into.