Schools around the world are moving to online assessments for their students that include technology-enhanced, interactive assessment items. Groups such as PARCC and Smarter Balanced are developing such assessments for states across the U.S. In general these tests are collectively referred to as Next Generation Assessments.

To successfully complete these assessments, student will need to be able to perform many technology tasks including:

Click / tap Select object Use text highlighter
Scroll Select text Use calculator
Plot points Select area Use protractor
Drag and drop Select and drag / slide Use ruler
Type with text editor Unselect Use video player

It is critical for students to be proficient in these technology skills prior to taking the online assessments. The purpose of these assessments is to determine the students' mastery of subject-area content, not their technology abilities. Lack of technology skills could negatively impact a student's performance on a next generation assessment, and not give a true measure of their subject knowledge.

The purpose of this website is to collect and share free online resources that can be used to help students develop familiarity and proficiency with the technology skills they will need for next generation assessments. These resources include sample assessment items and interactive online activities that simulate the types of technology tasks students will need to complete.

 For more information see our slideshow presentation "Tech Skills for Next Generation Assessments"
 View our one-hour webinar on "Tech Skills for Next Generation Assessments"

If you know of other online resources to help students prepare for next generation assessments, please submit them through our form here. Submissions will be reviewed and added to the collection.

For comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact:
Eric Curts, Technology Integration Specialist
Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium