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Computer Adaptive Testing Expanding

posted Jul 25, 2016, 7:35 AM by Elaine Hawkins
In Spring 2017, students in grades 3 - 5 will take computer adaptive tests in reading and math. Providing a shorter version of the online grades 3 through 5 reading tests in a CAT format is part of Governor McAuliffe’s initiative to shorten the length of the reading SOL tests for elementary school students. Since computer adaptive tests are customized to each student’s ability level, fewer questions can be administered to accurately determine each student’s achievement level. Because of this advantage of the CAT format, the computer adaptive version of the test will be approximately 30 percent shorter in total test length than the traditional version.
The grades 3 and 4 reading CAT will contain 28 operational test items that are scored and 5 field test items, for a total test length of 33 items. The grade 5 reading CAT will contain 30 operational test items that are scored and 5 field test items, for a total length of 35 items. The grades 4 and 5 mathematics CAT will contain 35 operational test items that are scored and 4 field test items, for a total test length of 39 items. The grade 3 mathematics test will continue to have 28 operational test items. 
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