Adaptive and Multistage testing built on machine learning models – item response theory – can be built by any organization; making the tests more secure, efficient, and engaging, while maximizing the quality of the data provided on learners.
ST. PAUL, MN, April 02, 2021 /Neptune100/ — Assessment Systems Corporation (ASC; assess.com) has announced that its landmark platform for online assessment, Assess.ai, has launched new functionality for Multistage and Adaptive Testing. This allows any assessment organization to publish tests with the same complex algorithms used by hundred-million-dollar international exams, thereby making the assessments faster, fairer, more engaging, and more secure.
Assess.ai is designed specifically to empower assessment organizations to implement modern methodologies from the field of psychometrics. The new functionality joins existing modules for item authoring, kanban item review, automated item generation, and automated psychometric analytics.
ASC’s CEO, Dr. Nathan Thompson, comments: “Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) was one of the first forms of AI, having been developed in the 1970s, but it remains curiously underutilized even in today’s algorithmic and data-driven world. We are dedicated to technology that makes this important assessment approach more accessible to more organizations. ASC has a decades-long history of providing software for CAT and item response theory; our newest platform makes our technology even more widely usable.”
CAT and multistage testing approaches are known for their benefits to assessment, including shorter exams with no loss of accuracy, increased engagement for students, enhanced security by personalizing the exam for every examinee, and greater control over psychometric precision.
ASC’s President and founder, Professor David J. Weiss, is generally regarded as the father of CAT. He notes: “ASC continues to drive innovation at the intersection of psychometrics and technology. As the first company to offer CAT software to the public, in the early 1980s, this new functionality falls directly in line with our goal of expanding the usage of modern psychometrics, making assessments smarter and fairer.”
ASC offers free trial accounts in Assess.ai to those organizations that are interested in not just a digital transformation, but an AI-driven transformation. The interface of the system has been designed so that non-psychometricians can implement these methods without having to write a single line of code. More information is available at the company’s website.
ASC (assess.com) provides its software to organizations across many verticals, based on the common thread of leveraging better psychometric science. EdTech companies, K-12 school districts, national Ministries of Education, national Ministries of Defence, certification/licensure boards, employment testing companies, and language assessment organizations are some of the groups that ASC partners with. ASC’s underlying mission is to improve educational and career opportunities for people worldwide, by ensuring that assessment organizations are providing effective measurements. In the age of data, having accurate information about humans is paramount.