Campus: CSU Sacramento -- May 29, 2002
CSU Sacramento Professor Leads Effort for International
A California State University, Sacramento professor recently led an
international group of experts to complete work that will ultimately
lead to testing of students in 31 nations for "technology literacy."
The tests will be much like current international tests that compare
students in math and science competency.
Barbara O'Connor, a CSUS professor of communications, chaired the group's
14-month effort for the Educational Testing Service, which has developed
widely used tests such as the SAT and the Graduate Record Examinations.
O'Connor is excited about the work because, she says, "Technology
has become a central feature in our lives, and we need to be able to
measure how competent our citizens are in its use."
The group's report was presented to enthusiastic ETS officials and industry
representatives earlier this month.
Among other things, the report defined technology literacy and provided
a framework for designing the new test. The report says worldwide testing
for technology literacy is key to helping governments, schools and other
groups address technological shortcomings in their countries. That's
important, the report says, because citizens in an increasingly technological
world are essentially illiterate without technology-based skills and
ETS can now begin developing test instruments, and the company expects
to begin administering the test by 2004.
O'Connor may be contacted at (916) 278-6415 or email@example.com.
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