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Outsourcing Assessment to an Algorithm

Outsourcing Assessment to an Algorithm

There's no doubt that clever software can make assessment a lot easier, and a lot faster to do. But if you don't know what's going on under the hood, you can't really make a reasonable judgement as to its accuracy.

This was brought home to me a few years ago. I was inspecting a school's ICT, and one of the teachers said to me:

“Hey, Terry, look at these graphs. I assessed my class at the start of term, and then assessed them again last week.”

This is what he showed me:

I thanked him, and then gingerly asked him what exactly the graph was measuring. He replied:

“Who cares? It’s gone up, hasn’t it?!”

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Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."