The interactive and performance based Student Tool for Technology Literacy (ST2L) is available for 8th grade students in Florida. The traditional, research based procedures for instrument development were followed in the development of this tool. The team of developers consisted of measurement experts who built and evaluated items. The advisory group consisted of education and technology experts throughout the state who assisted with evaluating items during the development process. The expert review panel worked closely with the development team to make final revisions and decisions on indicators.
The tool gauges students’ existing level of technology skills. Teachers will be able to use the tool to gather data on students’ current level of technology proficiency. Other applications include using the tool as a pre and post test in combination with classroom experiences to guide students’ technology skill acquisition. The tool was field tested near the end of the 2007/2008 school year, and will be available for use by all districts in the Fall of the 2008/2009 school year.