Formative Assessment breakout session at the e-Assessment Question Conference 2020

Presentation Summaries

Gavin Reynaud, Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy

The Government in Wales has recently rolled out national onscreen adaptive assessments for all school children aged 7 – 14 in English and Welsh reading, and in mathematics. As a government assessment programme in schools, this represents both a highly innovative and large programme of rollout. AlphaPlus manages this programme on behalf of Welsh Government. The assessments provide formative, personalised feedback and nationally standardised performance and progress measures. This initiative is one aspect of major changes to the Welsh curriculum and we are reporting on it after one school year of operation with around 300,000 learners taking assessments on the system.

Gavin Reynaud is speaking at the e-Assessment Question Conference

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Aftab Hussain, ILT Manager, Bolton College

How Bolton College is using natural language classification models to support formative assessment
Delegates will learn about:
● What is Natural Language Classification?
● How teachers train their natural language classifiers.
● The use cases for deploying natural language classifiers to inform learning and assessment.
● How delegates can support the development of Bolton College’s FirstPass solution.

The emergence of this new assessment tool enables teachers to make use of a richer medium for assessing their students. Traditionally, online formative assessment activities are undertaken using closed questioning techniques such as yes/no questions, multiple-choice questions or drag-and-drop activities. Whilst valuable, this is a rather narrow way to undertake formative assessment. Our solution enables teachers to pose open-ended questions which can be automatically analysed and assessed by a computer. The ability to offer real-time feedback means that students can qualify and clarify their responses.

Aftab Hussain speaker at the e-Assessment Question Conference

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