The advantages of CoPS for early screening and assessment
The advantages are as follows:
- Greater precision in presenting assessment tasks.
- Greater accuracy in measuring responses.
- Greater objectivity of assessment.
- It can be used much earlier than most conventional methods of assessment.
- It does not require a psychologist to do the assessment.
- It requires only minimal training of teachers or other personnel.
- Students enjoy it more than conventional assessment methods and so are motivated, which helps to ensure reliable results.
- It gives a detailed picture of a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, which can provide pointers for differentiation within the classroom.
- The program can be used as many times as required without the recurrent expense of test booklets.
Dr Joanna Horne is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, and has worked on the development of computerised educational assessments for 25 years. For much of this time she was employed as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hull, teaching research methods and statistics, educational psychology and educational testing, and carrying out research, primarily within the educational psychology field. Joanna has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and presented research findings at national and international conferences. She is also a Test Reviewer for the British Psychological Society’s Psychological Testing Centre and is the Educational Editor of ‘Assessment and Development Matters’. Joanna is now a freelance consultant psychologist working in test development and psychometrics, and educational and psychological research.