House approves computer adaptive tests for schools

Utah school students might no longer be using pencils to take standardized tests each year.
The Utah House unanimously approved a bill Monday that would replace Criterion-References Tests or CRTs with computer adaptive testing.
The computerized tests don’t consist of a single set of questions, but change based on how a student performs. If a student gets an answer right, the next question is more advanced, if they get an answer wrong the next question is easier. That way their specific strengths and weaknesses can be measured.
The software for the new test would cost about $6.7 million, according to HB15. There also will be costs for new hardware.
The State Board of Education and the Salt Lake Chamber support the measure.
It now moves to the Senate.

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