Summary

The second phase of the Technology Assisted Research Assessment (TASA) project pursued six avenues of inquiry. This project undertook an independent evaluation of an on-line assessment pilot, synthesized research on computer scored essays, reviewed the degree to which paper tests and on-line tests produce the same results, examined accessibility for special needs students, presented a cost/benefit analysis of return on investment (ROI) for investing in education technology, and generated an e-portfolio guide to existing technologies. The goal of the project was to link provincial government education ministries and assessment technology development firms. The researchers set out to provide informed recommendations about the evaluative quality and feasibility of implementing new technologies in jurisdictions across Canada.