Q-interactive Reaches One Million Subtest Milestone

Pearson announced today that more than one million clinical assessment subtests have been administered globally on Q-interactive, an award-winning, innovative digital system used by psychologists and speech and language therapists. Designed for use in schools, clinics, hospitals, private practice and universities, Q-interactive allows clinicians to administer tests via two iPads connected with Bluetooth.

Q-interactive improves accuracy, reduces testing time, increases flexibility and allows for more personalised assessment through features including real-time scoring, audio recording, and on-the-fly editing of tests.

Used globally, Cleveland Metropolitan School District is illustrative of districts around the US that are using Q-interactive to deliver clinical assessments. A team of more than 80 Education Psychologists began the transition from paper assessments to Q-interactive in the 2014-15 school year.

As her department’s technology assessment chair, School Psychologist Rachael Folkman is managing the implementation. “When we evaluated Q-interactive as our assessment delivery tool, we realised that it would allow us to ensure that our psychologists have the right protocols to use with students on hand right when they need them. In addition, the platform provides us with significant time and cost-savings when it comes to ordering, storing and managing traditional assessment kits.”

Continuing, she said, “Best of all, we find that students are more engaged when taking assessments and rapport is built more quickly because of the tablet environment.”

From a practical standpoint, Folkman said that most of the district’s psychologists travel from school to school and, in the past, had to transport heavy test kits, with all of the supporting manipulatives. She said, “The trunks of our cars were filled with crates of files and boxes of kits. Now with the convenience of carrying just the iPads, it would be hard to go back to the traditional kits.”

Launched just over two years ago in the UK, Q-interactive is built on a solid foundation of research. Prior to inclusion in the Q-interactive library, each new type of subtest undergoes an equivalency study to evaluate whether scores from Q-interactive testing are interchangeable with those scored from paper-and-pencil testing. The assessment library offers an array of test batteries and subtests for assessing ability, achievement, memory, executive function and language. 

 

Date posted: June 18, 2015

 

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