A little while back, I wrote about mock exams, assessment theory and advice following tests. You can read that post here, and I recommend you do before trying this one out. To summarise, I argued that:
- Tests are about sampling a domain
- We use the test to try and figure out what things a student knows and what they don’t know
- QLA doesn’t really help you with that
- AO analysis doesn’t really help you with that either
Broadly, if the questions in the test reveal that there is an area of content (a domain) your students don’t know, the response isn’t to focus on those questions, but to go back to that area of content (the domain) and reteach it.
My thoughts in that post were very general and theoretical. I didn’t really go into detail about what to actually do beyond saying “go back to the domain.” In…
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