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Hello,
Re: testing, perhaps you may want to receive infor
from testing experts who can give you advice and
objection that will not take away from your original
test, but will maintain the same technique used in the
past.  Hope this helps.  Louise

--- "Hotchkiss, Chrisa" <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> We use Accuplacer here at Dominican University of
> California. While it
> certainly has limitations, one great advantage over
> paper and pencil
> tests is that it is scored automatically by the
> computer, so the results
> are available to the student as soon as he or she
> finishes testing. I
> can't imagine having to "grade" hundreds of tests
> during our many
> placement testing sessions.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance
> Professionals
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cook,
> Nancy
> Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 1:05 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: help with assessment issues
>
> I really need your help and feedback on this
> important issue that our
> college is facing.  We are currently using an
> assessment placement test
> that is quite old.  Many of the sentences/paragraphs
> on the test are
> outdated and certainly don't apply to knowledge that
> students have about
> the world they live in today.  The problem is that
> this test is free.
> It's a paper and pencil test that was once on our
> Chancellor's Office
> approved list but has since been removed. We are
> able to keep using the
> test because we categorize it as "home grown" and
> have taken it through
> the appropriate validation process.  We have been
> looking at
> computerized tests lately, such as Accuplacer and
> Compass, but the
> problem is that these tests cost so much.  Our
> administration is willing
> to move to one of these tests but only if we  have
> strong faculty
> support and buy-in.  While the faculty like the
> tests, they don't feel
> they have enough knowledge to make a decision to
> strongly support moving
> to one of these tests.  What I need help with from
> you is in getting
> some solid reasons why movement to another test is a
> good idea.  Our
> current test is working, so why move to another
> test?  Can any of you
> help me by giving me some solid reasons why it would
> be best to move to
> one of these computerized tests?  If you don't know
> the answers
> yourselves, would you mind forwarding my email to
> your assessment
> directors, if you think they might be able to help
> me.  Thank you so
> much for any help you can give me.
>
> Nancy Cook
> Student Success and Tutor Center Coordinator
> Sierra College
> 5000 Rocklin Road
> Rocklin, CA 95677
> 916-781-0476
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