As many schools make the transition from paper to digital data collection, another consideration arises–Should you switch your assessments to digital as well? As with digital data collection, the benefits of digital assessments are vast. Read on to learn about 7 key benefits of switching from paper to digital assessments.
1. Increase Efficiency
With digital assessments, such as ABLLS-R | AFLS, a CR Assessments product, you can score as you assess, eliminating unnecessary busy work. Gone are the days of taking assessment data home with you after school to count boxes and score by hand! Manually scoring assessments can increase the chances of human error such as miscalculating the score. This can impact your understanding of your student’s strengths and weaknesses.
2. Improve Performance
Administrators and Educators alike face the challenging job of balancing endless responsibilities–from running their classroom to maximizing learning opportunities for their students and administrative tasks to keep things running smoothly. Streamlining and digitizing processes, including assessments, can take a great deal of work off of your team’s plates. Burnout and turnover are increasingly common in our schools. With high rates of teacher burnout, small steps to improve job satisfaction can make a big difference.
3. IEP Compliance
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) have strict requirements that educators must adhere to. Instruction must be individualized for each student. Digital assessments are beneficial for identifying unique goals for each of your studentsl with assessment reports that help justify the need for each goal. Digital assessments can also ensure the protection of student records, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) when using a FERPA-compliant platform.
4. Make a Greater Impact with More Time Spent with Students
When processes are streamlined, the greatest benefits are felt by your students and staff. Increased efficiency in assessments results in more time spent doing what matters most–teaching! Increased individualized instruction will result in more positive learner outcomes.
5. Streamlined Assessment to Goal Process
With paper assessments, the process of conducting an assessment, analyzing the results, identifying goals, then finally writing and initiating the goals can be quite lengthy. Digital assessments allow for a much more streamlined approach. You can seamlessly generate automated reports on the skill areas assessed, allowing you to quickly make data-informed decisions and target skill acquisition goals.
With digital assessments, you can easily share your students’ assessment results with parents and caregivers, other educators and support staff, and any other members of your student’s team. With CR Assessments students can be assessed by more than one team member, making it easy to get the whole team’s input.
7. Enhanced Features
Another benefit of digital assessments that can’t be overlooked is the many enhanced features that are not available with the paper versions. Digital assessments offer reporting and analytics to clearly visualize skills and areas of need within each skill domain. This allows you to easily monitor progress and report on your student’s skill development.
Make the Switch to Digital Assessments
With so many benefits to digital assessments, now is the perfect time to get rid of your paper assessments and make the switch. If you’re ready to give digital assessments a try, schedule a consultation with one of our experts today to learn more about how digital assessments can benefit your school.