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Assessing Higher-Order Thinking Skills

June 18th 2024

Large-scale assessments can be tedious and stressful for test takers, but test developers can change that by creating assessments that are engaging, effective and provide deeper insights into the higher-order thinking ability of students. In a previous article, I outlined rationales for conducting large-scale student assessments and offered a high-level summary of the many benefits of conducting them in a digital format. This article expands upon how assessments can be enhanced to make them more engaging and effective for test takers.

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The Strength of the risr/ and TEAMCo Partnership

June 18th 2024

The strategic alliance between risr/ and TEAMCo exemplifies a blend of excellence and innovation in examination services. risr/, with its pioneering assessment solutions, and TEAMCo, known for its proficiency in high-stakes exam delivery, create a synergy that enhances the examination process. This partnership leverages TEAMCo’s operational strengths and risr/’s advanced technology, ensuring a smooth and effective examination experience. Our combined efforts are dedicated to supporting the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) in providing outstanding assessment services, thereby enhancing exam quality and integrity on an international level.

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Decoding the Future: A Guide to Choosing AI for Test Development

June 18th 2024

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is among the latest topics in almost every industry today. Specifically in assessment and education, AI has revolutionized traditional methodologies enabling greater efficiency and accuracy. From automating item generation and grading processes to facilitating adaptive testing and personalized learning experiences, AI is reshaping how tests are developed, administered, and evaluated.

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AI-Assisted Item Grouping and Test Blueprint Development

June 18th 2024

Test blueprinting is a robust process in the assessment lifecycle that facilitates efficient item grouping and ensures the creation of high-quality, well-balanced tests. It enables you to systematically organize the items based on characteristics such as similarity, meta-data, domain parameters, factors derived from item analytics, and others. This streamlines selecting the appropriate questions and determining the optimal number of questions when creating tests.

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Prodigy Learning Officially Partners with Minecraft Education

June 18th 2024

On May 1st, Minecraft Education officially joined forces with Prodigy Learning to deliver engaging, easy to teach computer science curriculum and assessments within the Minecraft Education universe. Together we will be bringing credentialing into Minecraft Education in key, in-demand skills areas starting with Computer Science with Prodigy’s Coding in Minecraft pathway. This collaboration brings together the immersive world of Minecraft with the innovative educational solutions of Prodigy Learning, offering new opportunities for educators and students alike.

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Using generative AI in item development: What does the future hold?

June 17th 2024

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools have produced both excitement and uncertainty across many industries, and the global assessments landscape is no exception. As AI has become more powerful and accessible, high-stakes testing methods have evolved in parallel. An increasing number of exam content creators have started actively exploring how AI technologies might be used to develop test items for a range of assessments. With AI dominating media headlines around the world, Neil Wilkinson, Manager of Content for EMEA and India, at Pearson VUE, explores some of the key considerations and what the future holds for item development and AI.

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