Posts Tagged: Scoring

Scoring of Multiple Response Items

Over the past weeks, several teachers have written to me asking for clarification on how multiple response items are scored in Naiku.     Multiple response items are basically multiple choice items where two or more of the response alternatives are correct.  Students are directed to identify all the correct answers.   Scoring of multiple response items can be complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Read this support article on how multiple response items can be scored and how Naiku has chosen to score this item type.   For … Read More


Naiku Quick Tip: Scoring Performance Assessments

Did you know that you can score performance assessments in Naiku?    Quick Tip: Students don’t actually have to take a test in Naiku to receive scores in Naiku. For example, if you’re teaching first-grade students to count by 2s, 5s, and 10s, you can give them a performance assessment (i.e., actually ask them to count for you) and then score their performance in Naiku. See the example below.   1. Create your test in Naiku. Here, I have a three-question test. All questions have been aligned to MN state math … Read More


Why Simply “Saving Teacher Time” is not Enough

When a software company is trying to sell their product to a corporate manager, the salesperson will often say that the product will “save employee time.” The manager’s response is usually “Sure, but will my employees actually get more done because of your product?”  The conventional wisdom is that minutes here and there do not actually add-up to any useful time savings. A process engineer would agree with management – largely because task-switching eats up most of the time saved.  To really improve productivity, the engineer would recommend that the task is effectively … Read More


Professional Responsibilities when Scoring Assessments

The topic in my class this week is Professional Responsibilities and Assessment Bias. To prepare my class lecture and activities for the week, I’m reviewing the Codes of Fair Testing Practices, Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement (CPR), and The Standards for Psychological and Educational Testing. There’s so much here. Educational measurement professionals and teachers have so much responsibility to ensure that the assessments are absent of bias, the results are reliable, and the uses, inferences, and interpretations of the assessment results are valid. I don’t want to overwhelm the students with all these codes … Read More


Should Formative Assessments be Scored and Graded?

Scoring Formative Assessments Often, when I do trainings or demonstrations on how to use the Naiku Platform for formative assessment purposes, I am asked how the assessments are scored and exported to grade books. Essentially, the question boils down to “Should formative assessments be scored and graded?“ This is a good question. However, I am hesitant to answer the question right away. Rather, I often answer the question with another question: “What feedback are you trying to give to your students and yourself when you grade that assessment?” To me, … Read More



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