Public Examination System as a Support for Teaching and Learning Improvement in Slovenia – Assessment for Learning Analytic Tool

Public Examination System as a Support for Teaching and Learning Improvement in Slovenia – Assessment for Learning Analytic Tool

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Public Examination System as a Support for Teaching and Learning Improvement in Slovenia – Assessment for Learning Analytic Tool

Thirteen years ago Slovenia presented the so-called external Matura exam, which is a centrally administered school-leaving exam at the end of Upper Secondary Education (USE). It consists of five units: mother tongue, maths, foreign language and two optional subjects. The critics of this untraditional external Matura exam have stressed its negative influences on learning and the lack of qualitative information such assessment contributes to efficient teaching and learning in schools and classrooms within schools. In 2005 the National Examinations Centre started to develop a software tool called Assessment for Learning Analytic Tool (ALAT), where, using extensive multi-annual databases of students’, achievements in their final years of school and in the Matura exam, schools and teachers could be provided with data on students’, achievements, allowing them to perform analyses, to interpret and compare the data with similar school groups. This tool enables analyses of differences between a particular school and a similar school group in the country, differences between classrooms within a school, it enables analyses of drop-out rates, determining the number or proportion of students who choose certain optional subjects, the comparison of results of different forms of assessment, and recognizing the trends. This presentation shows the structure and functions of ALA Tool, and gives examples of some data analyses, which are useful for subject testing committees, schools and teachers as a basis for further improvement and a more efficient way of teaching and learning.

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