The Foreign Service Journal, December 2023

78 DECEMBER 2023 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT Technology has played an important role in the administration of testing measures. Many measures, including questionnaires, are now administered electronically. Many measures are also now scored electronically. While the increased reliance on technology for the administration and scoring of evaluation materials is beneficial in providing faster results to students and their parents, some argue that with the increased reliance on technology for scoring and reporting results comes increased neglect of assessing how those scores were attained. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many people live their lives, it has also changed the way in which psychological services are provided. As remote therapy increased as a result of the act of distancing to reduce the spread of COVID, some evaluators also began evaluating children remotely. The benefit of remote evaluations is that they allow students who may not live near evaluators to have the ability to work with evaluators. The drawback of remote evaluations, as argued by some professionals, is that the environment is less controlled when a child completes the evaluation at home instead of in the office setting. For example, internet connection issues may impact test administration, and increased distractors at home may impact a child’s attention to the testing situation. In an effort to normalize the testing experience, it is helpful to let your child know that many children undergo testing to see how they learn best.