(Neb)-State Considering Bids For State Assessment Contract
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Department of Education officials are looking for an innovative approach to student assessment from six bidders that want the job. The bids for the contract that will be awarded in May range from almost $3.6 million to $7.7 million for the first year.
The officials want assessments that can be taken online and will test the state standards "at higher depth of knowledge" and include rigorous questions.
They also want adaptive tests, viewed as more accurate assessment tools. In adaptive tests, the computer uses a student's answers to choose the next question with correct answers meaning the next question will be tougher.
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