Assessment Tools Lesson


Friday I had my students take a 10 question progress check on solving two-step equations. In exploring the resources, I had my students use the the Exit Ticket program. Students worked independently to answer the 10 questions that I had pre-loaded into the Exit Ticket. There was a restriction that only allowed 10 questions in the program but there is a disclaimer that if you want to have more questions you can load a different program by the same company to have longer assessments.

My students struggled to recognize that the quiz that we took online was going to count toward their grades. I wonder how incorporating the links and managing the access through either my school blog or a program like schoology would impact their understanding of the nature of the assessment.

One thing that I really liked was that as students progressed through the quiz, they were given immediate feedback about if they answered the question correctly. This allowed them to immediately identify the mistakes and errors in their work so that they could move forward and increase their effectiveness later in the assessment. Students were then given a final result immediately when they got to the end of the assessment. This took lots of pressure off me because they did not walk in my room Monday morning wondering about their scores.

As a teacher, when I log into the program, I am given a screen where it shows the students progress on the assessment. This progress shows not only how many questions they have answered, but also how they performed on those questions. This allows me to look for things that might cause their scores to drop. (This was useful because I found a couple of students that were just clicking through the test. I also found others that were trying to do everything in their heads and had them show their work.)

There were options within the program to make it timed, revealing answers, show result pages, and randomize order. All of these options were useful in creating an assessment that I wanted to use in class. I could also create multiple assessments throughout the course of the class period. They students could come in and work on a launch type of question and then have check-ins throughout the period and an exit ticket at the end.

The program is not as intuitive as some of the other tools that I have used, but the options it provides are pretty slick and easy enough to use. The visual formatting is easy to read and understand student results immediately.

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