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Adaptive Learning Roundtable, Part 2: Adaptive Tests vs. Pencil & Paper Tests [VIDEO]

Posted in Adaptive Learning on August 24, 2011 by

In Part 2 of our Adaptive Learning Roundtable, Knewton CEO Jose Ferreria, Knewton VP of Research David Kuntz, and Len Swanson, the man behind Knewton’s testing algorithm (and the former Executive Director of ETS) discuss what makes adaptive tests different than paper and pencil tests. Adaptive tests are widely credited as being more reliable — but why?

Before you watch the video, a few definitions: adaptive tests adapt to a test-taker’s ability level, yielding more efficient measurements of students’ proficiency levels at a given point in time. It is important to keep in mind that adaptive testing is not synonymous with adaptive learning, which tracks students’ proficiency levels over extended periods of time.