Assessment is one of the most time consuming yet important processes in teaching. The biggest contribution a teacher makes to student progress is via great feedback and feedback is a key outcome of assessment.
As teachers adopt new instructional modalities, assessment practices need to keep pace. Improving marking time and information efficiency in assessment really should become a key part of the professional repertoire of every teacher. Instruction and assessment are, indivisible.
Three relevant points come to mind:
1. Much of the manual marking work teachers do is "ticking and crossing". We call this working 'in' assessment. The time and effort needed to manually mark assessments, is where the time and data disappears.
2. Even after teachers have ticked and crossed and written all the feedback, detailed insights you could have captured at question level, are gone. After an average session of 400 marking points, teachers don't remember who is good, or bad, at any particular level. They do have a residual score for each student - X / Y.
3. Without question specific information, there is much more work involved in understanding each student's level of learning. With a one size fits all manual assessment framework, everyone's exact learning level and skill deficiency is lost. After all this work, no-one can explain where the missing marks disappeared.
Working 'on' assessment is what Literatu Scribo offers teachers. From a simple profiling of meta data around questions, as they are created in PowerPoint, teachers can:
1. Automate marking
2. See where levels of learning are across the class
3. Use the data captured for full learning insights for each student