Online Large-Scale and High-Stakes Assessment: The Israeli Experience

Online Large-Scale and High-Stakes Assessment: The Israeli Experience

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Online Large-Scale and High-Stakes Assessment: The Israeli Experience

Fourteen years ago, the Examination Division at the Israeli Ministry of Education started using ICT for standardized large-scale and high-stakes exams at the end of high-school. Today, thousands of high-school students are tested online every year in a variety of disciplines and in several languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English. These exams are administered by an online environment developed by the Center for Educational Technology (CET). This environment provides unique flexible question templates which enable testing research skills through the use of computerized simulations and layered maps, data analysis skills through the use of electronic spreadsheets, etc. This environment is adapted to students with learning disabilities. It can enlarge font size and provide audio-recorded texts (for students with visual difficulties), and it enables audio-recorded answers (for students with writing difficulties). The online environment enables a rapid large-scale distribution of the exam, testing simultaneously an unlimited number of students, gathering student answers after testing, grading automatically close-ended questions and sending the data to the Ministry of Education. All of these activities are done while maintaining the stringent security standards. ,Key words: assessment, online, technology

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