State To Replace Mastery Test With Computerized, Personalized Test In Two Years
Goodbye To Bubbled-In Answers; New Tests Will Be Interactive, Use Audio, Video
By KATHLEEN MEGAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hartford Courant July 13, 2012
If all goes as planned, the Connecticut Mastery Test, bubbled in with pencil on paper, will become a relic of the past in two years, replaced by a new, more customized online testing system.
By the 2014-2015 school year, state officials hope to retire the Connecticut Mastery Test, which is taken by third- through eighth-graders, and its companion, the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, which is taken in 10th grade.
In its place will be computerized tests, essentially personalized for each student. As a student progresses through a test, the questions presented will vary depending on whether the student got previous questions right or wrong.
Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said that with the new tests - under development by the federally-funded Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium - if a student gets "a question wrong, the system will provide other questions to try to get at what the underlying deficiency is."