HoDSciSci February Roundtable: Remote Assessment

We have interviewed a couple of HoDs regarding how they are using remote assessment. While the UK has only a week or so of remote teaching in front of us we are very aware that there are many HoDs working internationally, so this might be of help. As always a big thank you to the HoDs who gave their time to share.

Name: Katy Hardman

1.How are you assessing students remotely? (are you doing mcqs or teacher marked etc..)

After playing around with this in lockdown 1 we have settled on the following:

Every lesson use either carousel quiz for ks4 or google form for ks3.

End of topic tests still going ahead for all students – KS3 MCQ roughly 40 questions for 45min test and KS4 past exam questions – 45 marks for 60min test. The tests are all google forms with Quilgo enabled to monitor and time students. Really gives students the ‘fear factor’ so has worked well for us.

2.Are you reporting to parents? If so how are you doing this? (grades, percentages etc…)

Yes. We have completed one assessment cycle recently. We are reporting whether students are on track with their ‘flight path’ to their GCSE grade in year 11. There are issues with this reporting system, but we are also sending end of topic test results home so parent are aware.

3.What are you planning on using the data for?

Identifying those a students who are significantly behind where they should be then put them into tutoring and possibly summer school!

4.could you recommend any good blogs or videos for tips and tricks for remote assessment? (do you have any training videos or documents that show people how to set it up best etc..)

I really recommend Quilgo (used to be timify) for timed assessments. 

Pear deck for formative assessment in lesson as well as all the normal whiteboard fi, carousel quiz, quizziz, google forms etc

Name: David Gash

1.How are you assessing students remotely? (are you doing mcqs or teacher marked etc..)

Lots of really informal stuff. Our biggest concern is over validity of assessment. How can we ensure the pupils are not simply googling answers as they go? Informal tools such as whiteboard.fi and MS Forms live in the chat function are really useful in terms of ongoing assessment to inform the next steps in the live lessons. (We currently do 1 live lesson per week for all classes, the rest are recorded lessons / question packs). 

One of my NQT’s has devised a rather clever spreadsheet that will allow us to download the submission data from teams and convert it into some quantitative summary data. This will give us a better picture of the overall submission levels although limited data in terms of attainment. 

We will carry out more formal summative assessments in school when we can control the conditions better. The longer term will reveal the true impact of “lost learning” for our year groups and the response will need to be tailored accordingly. 

2.Are you reporting to parents? If so how are you doing this? (grades, percentages etc…)

Not beyond our normal reporting cycles. The last one was submitted just before Chirstmas and went out to parents in January. This is an attitude to learning grade (1-4 with a best fit qualitative guidance) and also an estimated progress grade on/above/below.

3.What are you planning on using the data for?

My medium to long term aim is to set up a spreadsheet / grid / team area for the pupils to go to that will be populated with all of the resources / recordings / links to the learning they should have completed in lockdown. The data collected from my NQT’s spreadsheet will help staff to direct pupils to specific parts of the spreadsheet to help them to, hopefully, close some gaps. We cannot create time (physics teacher alert…) so the pupils need to realise, quickly, that gaps can only be closed by their own efficacy. This, for me, remains the single biggest challenge of what lies ahead for the students at my school (well over half of pupils are PP).

4.could you recommend any good blogs or videos for tips and tricks for remote assessment? (do you have any training videos or documents that show people how to set it up best etc..)

Whiteboard.fi is really powerful and intuitive, would recommend.

Our next post will be an in depth look at how teacher assessment might look given todays announcement in England. So keep an eye out for it soon.

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