Resources for Student Assessment

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CHAPTER 9
Survey Assessments

Surveys are sometimes viewed as an easy and simplistic method for collecting opinions or feedback from large numbers of people. However, surveys can be excellent tools for efficiently and effectively assessing elements of your students' technology progress using the NETS•S performance indicators. Surveys have been frequently used to gauge perceived levels of technology skill for both students and teachers, as well as to assess student, teacher, and administrator attitudes toward technology. Well-constructed surveys can be reliable and valid methods of assessment, especially when survey results are analyzed in conjunction with other sources of evidence.

Technology surveys are essentially assessments in which answers to the questions posed are neither right nor wrong. Their purpose is to gauge respondents' education technology knowledge, skills, and aptitudes, as well as their attitudes toward technology. These surveys are similar to those used in other fields to gather data on attitudes toward customer service or—before elections—political preferences.

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