Nebraska moving to computer-adaptive testing

By Joe Dejka / Omaha World-Herald Bureau May 5, 2017

LINCOLN — Nebraska is breaking with its academic testing contractor and heading in a new direction.

The state will use computer-adaptive testing to evaluate math, English language arts and science skills of students in grades 3 through 8 in the public schools.

Computer-adaptive tests adjust questions to a student’s ability level, which can provide a quicker assessment of the student’s proficiency. When a student answers correctly, the difficulty is increased. Answer wrong and the difficulty ratchets down.

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