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Should states test homeschoolers? Chiot's Run

Who should monitor homeschooling?

Homeschooling regulations vary from state to state. And loopholes in these regulations could excuse parents from actually reporting the results.
It’s impossible to compare student work against a database of sources because each pay-for plagiarised assignment is a bespoke creation. AAP/Alan Porritt

Policing won’t be enough to prevent pay-for plagiarism

We could be fooled into thinking pay-for plagiarism is a modern, high-tech invention. However, the internet merely supports the logistics.
Many have argued that exams are pointless, especially in higher education where deep learning is the aim. But they still have their uses. ZELIG SCHOOL

Exams might be stressful, but they improve learning

In recent weeks, students across high school and university classrooms have been breathing sighs of relief. Exams are officially over, and celebrations have begun. For many students, exams seem a necessary…
One sure-fire way to make sure your students are completing their assessment for themselves is to make them perform practical work exercises rather than write essays. AAP/Dean Lewins

Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic

The essay, as the primary form of assessment, should be dead. This is the kind of comment that terrifies academics everywhere – but it is an idea that I think we all need to consider. The “news” that there…
No form of assessment is perfect, but when done properly, multiple-choice questions have their benefits. Shutterstock

Why it’s not just assessors who benefit from multiple choice(s)

Think of university assessment and it probably conjures anxiety. As David Boud notes: even successful, able and committed students – those who become university teachers – have been hurt by their experiences…
Traditionally, students took exams on site at a university. But how does assessment work with online courses? Exam image from

Proving knowledge by degrees: MOOCs and the challenge of assessment

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have certainly got higher education folks talking. These free online courses, often from prestigious universities, have prompted one obvious question: why should students…
An essay you submit in an online course might not be graded by humans but by computers instead. Keyboard image from

Computer thinks you’re dumb: automated essay grading in the world of MOOCs

Let us consider the following scenario. You have enrolled in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by a world renowned university. After four weeks of solid work you have completed your first assignment…
The traditional grading system is now obsolete. ABCDE image from

Testing times: making the case for new school assessment

When we were growing up, my father occasionally stood each of us against the back door and marked our height on the door in pencil. He wrote our initials and the date alongside each mark. For us, it was…
There may be a new way to assess students’ ability to collaborate and problem solve. Flickr/Lars Plougmann

Changing tests and the PM’s 2025 goal for schools

Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently announced a new goal for Australian schools – they would reach the top five ranked school systems in the world for reading, mathematics and science by 2025. The ranking…

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