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Title: Use of internet in a mathematics assessment system with semi-automatic marking and customisable feedback
Authors: Wong, Khoon Yoong
Oh, Kwangshin
Ng, Yvonne Qiu Ting
Cheong, Siew Kuan
Keywords: Assessment for learning
Marking system
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Citation: Paper presented at the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), Seoul, Korea, 8-15 July 2012
Abstract: In recent years, Assessment for Learning (AfL) has become a major thrust in school assessment practices and a major topic of research. A key component of AfL is to provide meaningful feedback to students about their current performance and what steps they need to take to improve their learning. The teacher should also use data about student performance to plan subsequent teaching activities. To date, there has been little research investigating the use of the Internet to implement features of AfL for secondary mathematics education. In this paper, we describe a mathematics assessment system that is built based on the principles of AfL, delivered through the Internet. This system consists of six major components, namely: (1) delivery of extended assessment tasks; (2) capture of student answers to the tasks; (3) automatic marking of closed questions by the system and semi-automatic marking of open questions by the teachers; (4) a customisable feedback component to be used by the teachers; (5) capture of students’ responses to teacher’s feedback, and (6) a report system that summarises results. Most components of the system were trialled in 2011 for two extended tasks in four secondary schools in Singapore with about 400 students. This paper describes this system and provides responses from the teachers and students in the trial. The system aims to demonstrate how AfL can be achieved via the Internet for lower secondary school students.
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