The State-of-the-art in digital technology-based assessment

O'Leary, Michael, Scully, Darina, Karakolidis, Anastasios and Pitsia, Vasiliki (2018) The State-of-the-art in digital technology-based assessment. European Journal of Education, 53 (2). pp. 160-175. ISSN 0141-8211


The role of digital technology in assessment has received a great deal of attention in recent
years. Naturally, technology offers many practical benefits, such as increased efficiency with
regard to the design, implementation and scoring of existing assessments. More importantly,
it also has the potential to have profound, transformative effects on the field of assessment by
facilitating the integration of formative activities with accountability requirements and
broadening the range of abilities and the scope of constructs that can be assessed. This article
provides an overview of the current state-of-the-art in digital technology-based assessment,
with particular reference to advances in the automated scoring of constructed responses, the
assessment of complex 21st century skills in large-scale assessments and innovations
involving high fidelity virtual reality simulations. Key challenges with respect to each are
highlighted before the extent to which digital technology is truly transforming assessment is

View Item