Changing the test

Here's what one teacher did to make testing more effective...

Aryan Public School is in Seelampur and caters to a fairly diverse co-ed population of 650 students. The fees are Rs 400 per month. Too often, standard written assessments are only successful at drawing out knowledge from students at the higher-end of the ability spectrum - those students who comfortable with written communication. 

Written tests are ineffective at testing the knowledge of students who may understand the content but are unable to express their knowledge and understanding in the written form. Ms. Daya Rawal’s solution to overcome this problem involves changing the method of testing for learning.
 

By splitting her tests into halves, one written and one oral, Daya's students are able to demonstrate their knowledge more effectively. The value of this is that Daya is able to identify students whose literacy is holding them back and make a wider assessment of students’ learning. This micro-innovation has the potential to help teachers recognise the ability of their students to learn, even if their literacy skills are weak. By reminding teachers that all children have the capacity to learn, it could be important in helping teachers commit to supporting the learning of all students in their class, rather than just those with stronger written literacy skills. To ensure that administering written and oral tests is as useful as possible, they will need to test competency as well as knowledge – reading, writing and recognition should be seen as separate competencies. The tests will be of most use to teachers if they use the results to inform their practice; the assessment should be formative.

 

Daya’s observations are that student confidence has increased. Students with low literacy levels are able to demonstrate their learning which encourages them to continue to work hard and to engage more in lessons. Daya has told us that overall test results have improved, although it is not yet clear whether there has been a corresponding improvement in writing skills which will, of course, be important to investigate.

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Written tests are ineffective at testing the knowledge of students who may understand the content but are unable to express their knowledge and understanding in the written form. Ms. Daya Rawal’s solution to overcome this problem involves changing the method of testing for learning. changing the test for childeran education is very nice

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