TechLiteracy Assessment

Measure and Report on Your Students’ Grasp of Critical Technology Skills

Get accurate data on your students' technology skills with TechLiteracy Assessment. This online assessment for elementary and middle school students provides valid data and reports to help you meet accountability requirements, pinpoint students' technology challenges, and identify teaching strategies to help students improve.

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Meeting District Assessment Goals

Psychometrically validated, TechLiteracy Assessment provides a single state- and district-wide solution that addresses:

  • Getting valid technology proficiency data to support accountability goals.
  • Informing instruction to support improved student technology learning and help teachers plan how to integrate technology into core curriculum.

Easy to Implement and Administer

TechLiteracy Assessment can be completed during a normal class period using classroom computers, a computer lab, or any Internet-connected computer.

  • Can be proctored by classroom teachers as well as technology teachers and coordinators.
  • Online tools monitor student progress during testing.
  • We provide dedicated and ongoing implementation support, including proactive assistance in managing student data, proctor training, and the interpretation of reports.

Demonstrate Student Knowledge and Skills

TechLiteracy Assessment authentically assesses the concepts and skills in these modules:

  • Spreadsheets
  • Word processing
  • Database
  • Multimedia and presentations
  • Telecommunication and Internet
  • Systems and fundamentals
  • Social and ethical issues
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Defining the Technology Skill Set for 5th Grade and 8th Grade

With a carefully assembled panel of national experts in K-8 technology instruction and assessment, including an independent psychometrics group, set separate proficiency standards for elementary and middle school students. The group based its conclusions on each member's extensive classroom and administrative expertise, research studies, results from's TechLiteracy Assessment national assessment pilots, and an extensive survey and comparison of state and national standards.

Criterion-referenced Assessment Tests With a Valid Proficiency Standard

The outcome is the following set of technology skill modules assessed with TechLiteracy Assessment. Each module is defined as a way to report meaningful measures of student proficiency with the technology tools, related knowledge and skills most relevant to predicting students' success in modern classrooms.

Systems and Fundamentals

This module assesses tasks central to the understanding and use of computer systems.

Elementary School Examples

  • Knowledge of the parts of the computer
  • Troubleshooting basic computer problems
  • Storing and retrieving files on computers or networks
  • Basic technology vocabulary

Middle School Examples

  • Selecting a data format or technology tool appropriate to the task or audience
  • Creating, storing and retrieving data on local area networks and peripheral devices
  • Knowledge of the basic parts of the computer, vocabulary and symbols of technology
  • Basic troubleshooting for computer problems
  • Recognizing and distinguishing among file types

Social and Ethical

This module assesses knowledge about accepted ethical norms as they relate to technology, as well as the impact of technology, past and present, on society.

Elementary School Examples

  • Identifying ethical and unethical uses of technology tools
  • Awareness of the social and ethical concepts associated with network and telecommunications use
  • Understanding the basics of online safety

Middle School Examples

  • Identifying ethical and unethical behaviors with respect to the use and transmission of electronic files, software and other online data
  • Awareness of major social issues and ongoing effects and controversies regarding prominent technology advances

Word Processing

This module assesses tasks central to formatting text and text/page layout.

Elementary School Examples

  • Publishing and saving documents such as letters and short papers
  • Formatting text

Middle School Examples

  • Publishing, printing and saving documents in a variety of locations
  • Applying standard text formatting and layout options
  • Applying layout options at the paragraph, page and document level


This module assesses tasks unique and central to creating, editing, manipulating, and interpreting data in spreadsheet tables, charts, and graphs.

Elementary School Examples

  • Creating worksheets
  • Entering and saving information
  • Creating and interpreting basic graphs
  • Formatting cells

Middle School Examples

  • Creating, entering, sorting, filtering and saving information
  • Using common functions in spreadsheets (merging cells, find/replace)
  • Writing simple formulas
  • Creating, labeling and interpreting more complex graphs

Multimedia and Presentations

This module assesses tasks unique and central to the creation and manipulation of graphic, audio, video, and other non-textual products by electronic means.

Elementary School Examples

  • Creating and editing multimedia projects
  • Communicating effectively to a variety of audiences using multimedia
  • Using video recorders to capture images and edit clips for use in video or other multimedia

Middle School Examples

  • Inserting graphics and other multimedia into documents
  • Creating, formatting and saving presentations
  • Capturing and composing audio-visual presentations

Telecommunications and Internet

This module assesses tasks central to telecommunications, including intra- and inter-office Networks, and Internet software such as browsers and email.

Elementary School Examples

  • Recognizing and comparing basic methods of online communication
  • Locating and launching a web browser
  • Navigating from one web site to another
  • Accessing and sending email

Middle School Examples

  • Locating and launching a web browser on a computer
  • Navigating from one web site to another
  • Accessing and sending email, including composing email distribution lists
  • Assessing content purpose and credibility as grade appropriate


This module assesses tasks central to the use of common database interfaces, such as Web search engines, school library records, and specialized database design software.

Elementary School Examples

  • Using web library search engines
  • Searching using single and multiple keyword searches

Middle School Examples

  • Searching the web or other databases using both single and multiple keyword searches
  • Searching the web or other databases using multivariate category searches
  • Applying Boolean operators to narrow searches
  • Sort, filter and search simple databases

Questions Assess a Student's Technology Literacy

TechLiteracy Assessment tests offer two types of questions for students to demonstrate their technology literacy skills and knowledge.

Measuring durable software skills instead of brand specific skills

The simulated software in the performance-based questions has realistic menus and functionality and is deliberately generic, not representing any specific software brand or version. This generic representation enables the assessment to measure durable technology literacy skills that students need as they encounter different software at school, home, libraries, online, and in the future.

Multiple choice and rote, memory-based sequence questions would not assess the students' ability to perform a software task, and the correct answer would typically only be true of one brand and specific version of the software.

Performance-based questions assess skills with technology applications and tasks

Students authentically demonstrate that they can navigate within spreadsheet, word processor, database, browser, and presentation applications, and perform complex tasks.

  • Simulated software has realistic menus and functionality
  • Students choose the best source for valid information
  • Students create a bar chart

Multiple Choice Questions Assess Knowledge of Technology Concepts

TechLiteracy Assessment uses two types of multiple choice questions: graphical and text-based.

  • Graphical multiple choice question
  • Text-based multiple choice question
  • Students make a design decision

Technology Literacy Assessment Tests for Elementary School and Middle School

Through a mix of multiple-choice, knowledge-based questions and interactive, performance-based items, TechLiteracy Assessment helps educators identify critical areas of need to help drive further lesson planning and instruction.

The Elementary School and Middle School versions of TechLiteracy Assessment are designed to measure the technology knowledge and skills required by the end of 5th grade and 8th grade and provide a valid measure of student technology proficiency.

Experience Sample Assessment Test Questions

These seven questions have been excluded from the actual TechLiteracy Assessment tests, which are longer in length, and use multiple items to assess each technology skill module.

  • Sample Elementary School assessment questions
  • Sample Middle School assessment questions

Reports With Valid Data Measure Student Progress and Inform Instruction

Although TechLiteracy Assessment is a summative, criterion-referenced assessment, it also serves as a formative assessment; that is, it is meant to measure student progress, but also to provide administrators and classroom instructors with meaningful data for targeted goal-setting and intervention.

For this reason TechLiteracy Assessment reports provide raw data on student performance in seven key technology skill modules. These module scores provide educators with specific information on which skills the student requires the most help so that the teacher can implement the most effective and appropriate response. Additionally, they provide district and school administrators with data to make sound resource allocation and instructional decisions across the district.

Reports Demonstrate Accountability Toward State and National Mandates

Educators can get immediate insight into how well classes are grasping critical technology skills. All TechLiteracy Assessment reports provide valuable data, including score averages, assessment numbers, proficiency levels and rankings at these respective levels:

Student Report for Technology Literacy and Skills Assessment

With TechLiteracy Assessment, administrators can show reports at the district, school, class, or student level for evidence of accountability to technology mandates or to drive informed instructional decisions. TechLiteracy Assessment provides detailed reporting in seven distinct skill modules.

The TechLiteracy Assessment is a criterion-referenced assessment, with a proficiency standard set by a group of educational technology practitioners and independent psychometricians.

Sample Individual Student Report
  1. The Test Duration lists how long it took this student to complete the TechLiteracy Assessment test.
  2. The Skill Module Results graph gives indications of strengths and weaknesses in each of the technology skill modules.
  3. The Proficiency Report graph provides this student's scale score, and compares it to the proficiency standard, the school average, the district average, and the average of all other students who completed the test form.
  4. The Proficiency Standard is the score a student must achieve to be deemed proficient with technology tools and concepts.

School District Report for Technology Literacy and Skills Assessment

With TechLiteracy Assessment, administrators can show reports at the district, school, class, or student level for evidence of accountability to technology mandates or to drive informed instructional decisions. TechLiteracy Assessment provides detailed reporting in seven distinct skill modules.

Sample School District Report
  1. The District Summary Statistics section provides information on the number of students tested, as well as the percentage of students who met the proficiency standard.
  2. The School Results section provides comparative data for all schools in the district to the proficiency standard.
  3. The Skill Module Results section gives an overall district view of areas of strength and weakness, and compares the district to all other TechLiteracy Assessment districts in the country.

2007 CODiE Winner for TechLiteracy Assessment "Best Instruction Solution in Other Curriculum Areas"

2006 Technology & Learning 2006 Award of Excellence for TechLiteracy Assessment

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