SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

April 18, 2007 09:06 ET

ETS Renames Its ICT Literacy Assessment and Introduces New Institutional Score Reports

PRINCETON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 -- ETS announced today that is has changed the name of its ICT Literacy Assessment to the iSkills™ assessment and is also introducing new, customizable score reports for institutions.

The iSkills™ assessment is a simulation-based test designed to measure information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, that is, a student's ability to navigate, critically evaluate and communicate information using digital technology, communication tools and networks. During the 75-minute assessment, college and high school students are asked to perform 15 information problem-solving tasks -- such as researching a topic from a database, identifying authoritative and unbiased web sites, or composing an e-mail summary of research findings.

"We selected iSkills because it is catchy, contemporary and relevant," says Mary Ann Zaborowski, ETS's Director of Product Management for the iSkills™ assessment. "The new name is more spirited and better reflects the nature of this very different type of assessment ...it's interactive and really cutting edge."

ETS is introducing two new score reports for institutions, which will give comparative data so that institutions can compare their students' performance with students from like institutions. The "Institutional Skill Area Report" reports performance on multiple ICT literacy skill areas and compares the institution performance to that of a reference group. The "Aggregate Task Performance Feedback Report" presents data on how students performed on each of the components of the tasks. The reports are customizable to an institution's preferences. This includes the attributes of the institution's population and selection of a reference group with which the institution will be compared. Reports are free for institutions that test more than 50 students.

"Efforts across campus to inspire curriculum reform to address the ICT skills we know many students lack have been driven mainly by home grown survey data and anecdotal evidence that, for the most part, fail to provide a clear vision for effective change," says David Dettman, Head of Library Instruction at the University of Wisconsin -- Green Bay. "With the iSkills assessment, libraries and academic departments are able to easily gather and persuasively package detailed assessment data from a test created by a recognized leader in the testing field (with input from faculty, administrators and librarians). This allows for a level of detail and a measure of credibility that would be nearly impossible to achieve with 'in house' assessment instruments. UW -- Green Bay and other institutions can now begin to establish a culture of evidence chronicling student learning that can serve to not only guide curriculum decisions but also to demonstrate to the outside world that the educational product has value."

For more information about ETS's iSkills™ assessment and to view an online demo, visit www.ets.org/iskills.

About ETS

ETS is a nonprofit institution with a long-held commitment to advance learning. The mission of ETS is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947 and based in Princeton, New Jersey, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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