State-Supported

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment

Description:

  1. Fourteen online assessments are available to assess basic digital literacy skills. These are grouped in three main areas: Essential Computer Skills includes Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, and Email; Essential Software Skills includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Google.docs; Using Technology in Daily Life includes Information Literacy, Your Digital Footprint, Career Search, Social Media, and Supporting K12 Distance Learning.
  2. Northstar Online Learning (NSOL) provides self-directed instruction and review for Computer Basics, Internet BasicsCareer Search, Microsoft Word and Email; other topics are in preparation. Use of NSOL requires creation of individual student accounts.
  3. Comprehensive classroom curricula, which can also be used at a distance, are available for most modules.
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: Seat time should be used when administering assessments in person or at a distance (distance proctoring is available due to COVID 19 - information on how to do this is available in test location admin panels). Time-on-Task proxy hours should be used with independent student learning done on NSOL, adding .25 hours per hour of seat time (multiply seat time by 1.25). Detailed reports are available for NSOL activity completed by learners for whom accounts have been created.
  • Prerequisites: None (assessments are designed for students levels 3-4 and above).
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copy of reports generated from platform.
  • Web-based: Yes.
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Can be accessed but is not fully functional.
  • Access: Included in state purchasing contract for Minnesota ABE programs. Others should check website for pricing.
  • Superuser: support@digitalliteracyassessment.org
  • Setting up accounts and providing training: support@digitalliteracyassessment.org
  • Resources: Video: Overview and How to Use Northstar
  • Northstar Curriculm webinar recording (9/27/19)

Literacy Level

CASAS Score
Greater than 211
TABE Score
511-800

Accessibility

Cost

Varies

Superusers

Helpdesk