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ORCA Project: Practicality Survey: LRA10

ORCA Project: Practicality Survey: LRA10

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The practicality survey for the ORCA Project Structured Poster session at #LRA10 on December 1, 2010.
The practicality survey for the ORCA Project Structured Poster session at #LRA10 on December 1, 2010.

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ASSESSING ONLINE READING COMPREHENSION:A PRACTICALITY SURVEY
Purpose:
The purpose of this survey is to obtain information from leaders in education about how bestto design an assessment of online reading comprehension that is practical. These assessmentsof online reading comprehension are being designed for use in the middle schools in aresearch grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.Online reading comprehension:takes place when readers have an important problem and seek to use Internet informationto solve this problem;includes reading to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information;includes both traditional reading comprehension skills and novel comprehension skills thatare required during online information use;does not always correlate with state reading comprehension assessments, since itmeasures additional elements of reading comprehension that are required on the Internet.An example of online reading comprehension would take place when a student reads on theInternet to determine why some people need glasses and then shares this information onlinewith another person who has asked for it.
Directions:
Please complete each question below, to the best of your ability, from the special vantagepoint that your position provides. Your responses will be invaluable in helping us develop apractical assessment of online reading comprehension for middle school students.
Demographic information:
1. Please indicate your current position.State Commissioner/Superintendent of EducationState Assistant Commissioner/Superintendent of EducationSuperintendent of SchoolsAsst. Superintendent of SchoolsPrincipalOther. Please indicate: ________________________________________________2. Please indicate your primary level of responsibility.ElementarySecondaryTertiaryMultiple. Please indicate: ________________________________________________Other. Please indicate: ___________________________________________________
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General Importance:
3. How important is it for a school district/state to gather assessment information about theirstudents’ ability to read and comprehend online information as defined in the introduction?Not at all importantSomewhat importantVery importantEssentialPlease explain your thinking in a single sentence: _________________________________________________________________________________
Availability of Technology Requirements:
4. Would a typical school district/state, with which you are familiar, have adequatetechnology resources to enable students, in grades 6-8, to take an assessment online?YesNoUncertainPlease explain your thinking in a single sentence: _________________________________________________________________________________
Administration Time:
5. How much time should a school district/state devote, each year, to assessing online readingcomprehension at the middle school level?15 minutes per year?40 minutes per year.80 minutes per year.Other. Please indicate: ___________________________________________________Please explain your thinking in a single sentence: _________________________________________________________________________________
Ease of Scoring and Interpretation:
6. To what extent is it important to a school district/state that an assessment of onlinereading comprehension be easy to score?Not at all importantSomewhat importantVery importantEssential
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7. To what extent is it important to a school district/state that scoring be conductedautomatically?Not at all importantSomewhat importantVery importantEssential8. To what extent is it important to a school district/state that an assessment of onlinereading comprehension be easy to interpret?Not at all importantSomewhat importantVery importantEssentialPlease explain your thinking in a single sentence about scoring/interpretation:
 ______
 __________________________________________________________________________
The Extent To Which Meaningful And Relevant Information Is Obtained:
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Of the following three formats, which provides information that would be most meaningfuland relevant for your district/state needs?
 
Multiple choice items (easiest to score, lower level of authenticity)
 
A simulated Internet (moderately hard to score, moderate level of authenticity)The actual Internet with school filters in place (hardest to score, most authentic)Please explain your thinking in a single sentence about the extent to which meaningful andrelevant information is obtained: _________________________________________________________________________________
Type of Information Obtained:
For a school district/state, how important is the following information to know aboutstudents’ ability to read and comprehend online information?
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The speed with which students successfully read and solve informational problems online?Not at all importantSomewhat importantVery importantEssential
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