Using Outcomes Reporting for High Stake Examination to Enhance Learning

Using Outcomes Reporting for High Stake Examination to Enhance Learning

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Using Outcomes Reporting for High Stake Examination to Enhance Learning

The importance of assessment and reporting against learning outcomes is central to the concept of “,assessment for teaching and learning”,. The marked shift toward outcomes-based assessment and reporting on specific learning outcomes makes little sense without the development of a suitably modelled approach.Technological advance provides avenues to expedite the capturing of marked exam/assessment responses for individual students. Mechanisms allow storing and processing of a large amount of detailed information relating to a whole range of specific outcomes and achievement levels for individual students. This advancement made possible the creation of a new model for outcomes-based assessment and reporting.Lacking outcomes-based assessment and reporting at a specific and detailed level (in the Pacific) has been the result of the following., Norm-referenced approach of assessments still prevalent despite curriculums being outcomes-based., Assessments are based on very general learning outcomes (achievement standards) with differences between teachers and examiners in the unpacking and interpretation of skill levels of learning outcomes., An absence in capacity for capturing, storing and processing detailed assessment data., Lack of a model that can produce outcomes-based assessment and reporting at specific levels of achievement.The new approach on outcomes-based assessment and reporting emerges through analysis of current assessment and reporting models in the Pacific as well as exploratory simulation. The merits of the new model include:, Enables reporting of achievement of specific learning outcomes, Provides a basis for common understanding of subject specific learning outcomes and therefore allow comparability in assessment results, Serves the assessment concept “,Assessment for Teaching and Learning”,, Eliminates the need for post-exam scaling in a ranking and selection environment, Removes the need for marks in assessment and reportingThis new model guarantees providing more appropriate information to students on the status of their learning, more appropriate feedback to teachers on student learning, and enables more appropriate intervention for student learning, resulting in a potentially more effective learning society.Keywords: Specific Learning Outcomes, Learning Outcomes Skill Score, Outcomes-based Reporting, IT integration.

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