Okay, all you education data fans, here’s the latest, and it makes me wonder if you’ll still be applauding after reading all about it. Thanks to an Education Week piece by Sarah Sparks titled, “Hunt Is On for Clues to Students’ Test-Taking Strategies: Studies to Yield Further Picture of Learning Process,” we’re offered an eye-opening update on what’s going on behind the scenes as our children take mandated online standardized tests.
As she explains, “… Researchers on some of the leading national and international assessments work to pull more data about students’ learning strategies and skills from summative tests.” Apparently, what they’ve gathered so far is insufficient when it comes to knowing what’s going on in kids’ heads during testing. The concern: “We miss out on measuring the struggle a student has when she tries to overcome a misconception in learning science concepts or the anxiety a student feels when he’s trying to solve a problem…”
The solution: “process data, aka interaction, telemetry, clickstream, or logfile data, etc. As Sparks explains, these are the traces a student leaves behind while making (more…)