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Update 08/11/2013: The QSA changed ‘LASDs marking grids’ for Prep to Year 10, over to ‘SEs’ (Standards Elaborations). They are still harmful, time-consuming marking grids that pigeon-hole students’ grades acccording to maturity skills and so-called ‘higher-order thinking’ skills. This has been thrown out of several states in the U.S.A. To make matters worse, only Queensland has marking grids or rubrics that have no scored numbers. That means your child does not get marks but alphabet letters that cannot be added up.
It is fine to get a B as a final overall grade on a report card, but not on individual items of their assessment. That means your child could get a maths or science question completely correct and yet be marked down to a C or D. This pedantic and flawed marking is completely unethical and demoralising. It has been criticised heavily in the Queensland parliamentary inquiry report on school assessment in senior years 11 and 12, that was published on 14th October, 2013. See the Parliamentary report at this website. Do read the submissions also by Professor Peter Ridd, number 98, Dr Matthew Dean at number 28, for further information.
In their final important years in school, it is only Queensland Year 11 & 12 students who have all these extremely unusual testing methods:
IT IS AN UNNECESSARY OVERLAY ON TOP OF THE AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM.
Either way, these unscored rubrics grade students with silly alphabet letters that cannot be added up to give you honest marks. That’s right: Teachers are strongly discouraged from using 40/ 50 marks or 80% even though this conventional numerical marking is absolutely essential for proper statistical analysis in wider class and school comparisons. Students, especially in maths and science calculations, need feedback on how much they got correct, so that they may know how to improve. This is not possible with the new so-called ‘standards’ marking. It is not ‘standards’ at all. It is based on a fad-education ‘higher-order thinking’ framework that has already been dumped in overseas U.S. states.
Please email one short email submission to an important Qld Government education inquiry to provide your opinion if the current school assessment system is valid and reliable and whether it should be retained. It is important to state - if you agree – that the Senior methods for assessing maths, chemistry and physics are invalid and unreliable – because that is required in the terms of reference (number three).
QSA LASD math yr1 marking grid – The second sheet is the draft primary school marking grid for a Prep or Year one child doing maths. Notice what the student has to do to get an A-equivalent in Grade One maths? (See the 1st column, 2nd row down). They have to give a “Considered explanation of choices made, strategies used, conclusions reached and the reasonableness of answers in mathematical investigations. The QSA does not ask teachers to check if the answer is right or wrong. Even if they can add 450 + 450 = 900, it is not as important as explaining their ‘thinking’ processes. If they cannot elaborate that in the above terms, they will get a the failure equivalent of a D. (see column 4, 2nd row down.)
- P–12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework. Department of Education, Training and Employment. http://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/framework/p-12/docs/policy-assessment.pdf Despite teachers being professionals who want to get on with the job of what they should teach and test, the curriculum & assessment body of Queensland still has power over teachers to tell them how to do their jobs in excrutiating and often time-wasting detail. (EQ Policy: Assessment pdf, accessed 08/11/2013)
- Leading academic calling for the return to conventional numerical marking, Prof Peter Ridd, Head of Physics James Cook University. See Prof. Ridd’s Preliminary Statement to the Inquiry here
- The Parliamentary website for this inquiry, including the Terms of Reference: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/EIC/inquiries/current-inquiries/QldAssessment
- Please read more submissions already sent in. For example, what psychologists said at submissions 208 and 283. Submissions are now closed and the report will be announced on 16th August, 2013.
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