Measuring student learning outcomes can be challenging. Lots of solutions support classroom testing, but most fall short of delivering on their data promise. Without test result data, learning remains invisible.
Scantron Snapshot exposes learning by delivering an easy classroom testing solution AND the data you need to support your students.
Using the following three strategies makes learning visible for teachers and students.
Strategy 1: Predictive Feedback
Predictive feedback, where students forecast how well they think they will do on a test, encourages students to engage with the material before the test happens. Using this strategy, Snapshot allows teachers to transform assessment experiences into learning experiences. This opportunity for students to assess their confidence level in their achievements exposes how much they know about a subject. It also encourages them to set high expectations for themselves.
EXAMPLE: Before an exam, ask your class to think about what score each student expects to achieve. In the Snapshot test, include an overall confidence ranking question where students can include this prediction. Use the results, which include this prediction, to engage the student to try to perform even better.
Strategy 2: Routine, Targeted Testing
One of the main themes throughout visible learning is the power of feedback, a hallmark of formative assessment. That feedback does not have to be one-way, from the teacher to the student in the form of a simple score. By regularly employing confidence ratings for individual questions, teachers can make this feedback a two-way street and increase the visibility of learning.
Using Snapshot, teachers can assess students frequently through short, on-the-spot questions or pop-quizzes that are standards-aligned. Through frequent, engaging spot-checks, teachers can see real-time progression of student knowledge and quickly identify gaps. This feedback lets teachers know how their students are doing and guides teachers to where students should go next.
EXAMPLE: In the Snapshot test, include a confidence rating on key questions. After the test, examine the results to uncover relationships between a student’s confidence and their performance. This exposes a student’s internal monologue about the material and opens a channel to discuss additional support or further challenges.
Strategy 3: Reflective Feedback
Post-test reflection and feedback are crucial components of visible learning. In Snapshot, teachers and students easily and naturally engage in feedback loops through comments, journals, and reflections. Beyond giving a simple score, teachers provide deeper details to students about their performance. In turn, students give feedback to teachers, reflecting on the assessment and providing more details about their understanding, mistakes, misconceptions, and overall performance. This dialogue keeps teaching and learning in sync while creating a partnership between student and teacher.
EXAMPLE: After a Snapshot test, use the built-in reflection function to encourage students to look back on their test experience. In this simple journaling exercise, students compare their prediction to their actual performance, discuss their score, and comment on the material covered. This makes the test results visible to each student and can spur them to improved performance in the future.
Putting It All Together: Metacognition
Metacognition is often described as “thinking about thinking.” It is a higher-order skill that involves active control of the cognitive processes in learning. These three strategies enable you to incorporate metacognition into routine classroom testing, continually challenging students to actively think about and participate in learning and testing .
Implementing these three strategies in Scantron Snapshot is fast and easy. The active metacognitive thinking helps facilitate better assessments in real time. Students self-report, self-assess, and actively engage with their problem-solving approach to the material. Teachers conduct frequent formative evaluations. Teachers and students engage in interactive feedback loops. Together, these strategies improve visible learning opportunities for both teachers and students.