Assessment and Reporting

Developing Experts' assessment and reporting tools enable you to track in real time how well each child has mastered the rocket words in context and their scientific enquiry.

Our interactive quiz solution and story library provide an opportunity for formative assessment, with results fed through instantly into the teacher's dashboard

Why we use multiple choice questions:

Professor Rob Coe's simple theory of learning argues that 'learning happens when you have to think hard about subject content', which is why multiple choice questions work.

Here are some of the reasons why I think they can benefit teaching:

  1. They make assessment more reliable
  2. They make marking far less labour-intensive
  3. They make pupil understanding more visible to teachers

Let's explore the first and third point.

They make assessment more reliable

Multiple-choice questions are hard to set but are always reliable to assess. Paul Bambrick Santoyo makes the following case: In an open-ended question, the rubric defines the rigour; In a multiple choice question, the options define the rigour; Effective assessment combines them: both are useful.

They make pupil understanding more visible to teachers

Multiple-choice questions are a formidably powerful diagnostic and formative tool for teaching. Multiple choice questions also allow the full range of a course to be tested. An essay tests depth of understanding focused on a narrow selection of content; multiple choice questions test breadth of understanding across a much wider range of content. Both are important. But the middle option of open questions without options would ratchet up the labour-intensity for teachers, and not realise the benefits of multiple choice on reliability either.

Our Assessment Manager is a powerful management system used to track individual pupils' progress, and monitor and assess classes

Teachers, pupils and parents can instantly see the progress they are making and the rewards gained through our praise system.

Our assessment system is used to see at a glance if a pupil is on track to reach goals set.

Pupils and parents can check progress online through the pupil's login.

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