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Monday, August 16, 2010

After the Eleven Plus

On the question of 11+ results – would it not be a good idea to receive a little more feedback than a single subject score? After all a computer is marking the work – and the answers are multiple choice – so some form of analysis must be possible.

Suppose there was a question on counting squares in area.

Answer 1: The right answer
Answer 2: Counted half squares
Answer 3: Confused area and perimeter
Answer 4: Followed the red herring and miscounted squares.

You would then receive a computer driven report telling you not only which questions were right and wrong – but also describing the incorrect answer.

After all most parents would like some form of diagnostic error analysis. Some children may enjoy it too:

“But Mum, you said that ….. “

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