Technology Skills in the Middle School Assessment

Systems and Fundamentals

This module assesses tasks central to the understanding and use of computer systems. Some examples include:

  • 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. Some examples include:

  • Identifying ethical and unethical behaviors with respect to the 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. Some examples include:

  • 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. Some examples include:

  • 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



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

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



This module assesses tasks central to telecommunications, including intra- and inter- office Telecommunications/Internet: Networks, as well as Internet software such as browsers and email. Some examples include:

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



This module assesses tasks central to the use of common database interfaces, such as Web search engines, online school library catalogs, and as appropriate, specialized database design software. Some examples include:

  • 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