11 November 2009
Despite continuous improvements to technology applications the mainstream education industry has remained largely immune to its use within high stakes national assessment systems.
"Technology should not be deployed simply for the opportunity to realise significant cost-savings or efficiency gains, although these might be useful components of an e-assessment solution", according to Patrick Craven, Principal Analyst at Cambridge Assessment.
Speaking at the 'e-Assessment in Practice' symposium, Defence Academy at Cranfield University on 11-12 November, he identified that the key drivers should align with the initial aims of the assessment to ensure that the e-assessment solution continues to meet those objectives or even better, leads to quality or service improvements.
His observations explain the significant challenges to the penetration of e-assessment solutions within compulsory education.
As the profile of debate around assessment reform and technology-based solutions increases, so stakeholders are turning to Cambridge Assessment for informed opinion on these important areas.