NEW! Operation Maths Assessment Records (infants to second class) on Excel
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At Operation Maths we are constantly looking for ways to improve the usability of our programme, and to make it even more teacher-friendly. The most recent additions included long term plans for various combinations of multi-classes.
Now, we are also adding excel versions of our Assessment Records. While there are already word versions of these available to download from Edco Learning, as well as the hard copy photocopiables in the Teacher’s Resource Books (TRBs), these excel versions provide teachers with a more efficient and flexible way to both record and analyse the results from the Assessment Booklets:
- Quickly get a total attainment score for each child.
- Use these attainment scores to compare the attainment of various individuals and/or groups of children and identify children in need of further support.
- Quickly get a score for each learning outcome, use these scores to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the class as a whole, while also being able to identify which learning outcome(s) require further consolidation.
And this is all achievable in a very teacher-friendly way:
- Teachers need only enter the children’s names once.
- Under each child’s name, the teacher can enter a score for each question (or page in junior infants); see more below for a suggested scoring system.
- The score for each individual question (or page) will be automatically totaled (horizontally across bottom) to give an attainment score for each child.
- When all the scores have been entered for each child, these will also be totaled along the right-hand side vertically to give a total for each learning outcome.
- Other useful information provided includes the specific strand and strand unit (S.SU) to which the learning outcome relates. These are abbreviated and a full explanation of the abbreviation is given on the second tab.
Suggested Scoring System
While teachers can devise and use any system which they prefer, one option would be to try the following:
- 4 = Question answered fully and correctly
- 3 = Question answered fully but without full accuracy ie almost all correct
- 2 = Has a majority of correct responses but a number of errors also
- 1 = Some correct responses but a majority of errors
- 0 = Not attempted or incorrect responses
Obviously, teachers will have to apply any scoring system in a flexible way; for example if there is a question that requires just one response and is therefore is either correct or incorrect, then only 0 or 4 will be awarded. Once the appropriate score has been entered for each question then the teacher will have:
- a total attainment score for each child; the higher the score the more learning outcomes achieved.
- the means to compare the attainment of various individuals and/or groups of children using these total attainment scores and identify those children with the lowest scores as needing further support.
- the means to to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the class as a whole by comparing the total scores for the learning outcomes, while also being able to identify which learning outcome(s) would benefit from further teaching.
Downloading and using
The excel documents for each class level are available to download by clicking on the links below:
You may notice that these are BETA versions only, (ie they are still works in progress), and currently they only include the learning outcomes covered on the end of October assessments on the pupils’ Assessment Booklets. This is because we would like some feedback on the usability of these documents, before incorporating the rest of the learning outcomes for all of the assessments from the Assessment Booklets.
Some questions you might consider answering:
- Did you find the excel document(s) useful?
- Did you find the scoring system useful?
- What suggestions would you make to improve them?
- When adding the learning outcomes for the end of December, February, April and June assessments, would they be better placed on separate tabs or directly below the end of October learning outcomes?