Assessments often frustrate children, especially those with learning challenges, which can result in reduced engagement and motivation, and corresponding poor data quality. Online assessments offer significant advantages over traditional data collection methods, such as higher response rates, higher quality data, and substantial administrative cost savings. However, current online assessment options fail to offer developmentally appropriate tools specifically designed for children, including accommodations for children with learning challenges.
With input from researchers, educators, and other stakeholders, we’ve developed Quest (Assess 2 Progress in Phase I), an online system to deploy developmentally appropriate online assessments for children (ages 6-12 years), incorporating Universal Design principles and featuring accommodation options such as text-to-speech functionality to minimize the effect of learning challenges on data quality.
The assessment interface for children is an engaging, game-like environment with built-in accessibility tools. In the management portal, educators and researchers are able to manage assessments, view completion status and descriptive statistics, generate assessment reports, and download data for further analysis. The Phase I research demonstrated usability with children as well as feasibility for key stakeholders. Phase II testing is currently underway to demonstrate efficacy for high quality data collection with children.