Using TAO to Implement Novel Assessment Methods for Students with Hearing Disabilities
Juan Sebastian Mendez, e-Test Technical Leader at ICFES, Colombia
Juan Sebastian Mendez has been an e-test technical Leader for the last year at ICFES (Instituto Colombiano para la Evaluación de la Educación).
During this year, he worked on the implementation and development of online tests, addressed to students coursing the last year of bachelor degree across the entire country.
The TAO version 2.4.6 has been used to conduct the exercises.
Students with hearing impairment require specific assessment methodologies. In this case they had to be based on the Colombian sign language, which is used as the students’ primary language.
In previous years, in an effort to include this student population in standard exams, the ICFES often used sign language translators to read tests to small groups in each test center, so they could understand the questions and participate in the exams. However, the cost per test taker ran high, and the ICFES faced challenges to reduce spending while improving the reliability of the exams.
The ICFES started his partnership with TAO two years ago, with the goal of transitionning 75,000 test takers to a system built on TAO by the end of 2015. the TAO pilot program reached 3,000 test takers in 2013. This year, the goal is to reach 40,000 test takers simultaneously.