IER0006 - Assessing Students’ Learning Growth

  • The whole idea of teaching and learning in schools is for students' holistic development. That is, the students’ development in three main domains - cognitive, affective and physical. The characteristics of assessment for all three domains are essentially the same except for the modes of assessment. Determining the student’s cognitive development forms the major part of the assessment work of teachers, and it is often used in classrooms as a pedagogical tool. Assessment essentially helps teachers and instructors determine students’ learning progress on subjects taught; as well as to provide feedback on the extent of students’ understanding and learning difficulties, and also to indicate how effective their instruction has been. This in turn helps teachers adjust their instruction to facilitate better student comprehension of what is being taught. Regardless of the purpose of evaluation (i.e., summative or formative evaluation), testing remains a critical process by which measurement is made of student learning – that is, cognitive understanding of what is taught and learning growth. This course will provide participants with a better understanding of the characteristics and properties of assessment (e.g., issues of validity), issues concerning accuracy and objectivity of assessment, and analysis and interpreting students’ test performance results. Participants would also appreciate of the misconceptions of assessment and dangers of using raw scores for interpretation of students’ test performances.

    Learning Dimensions:

    • Deepening Knowledge and Practice in Academic Curriculum
    • Deepening Knowledge and Practice in Student Development Curriculum
  • At the end of the course, the participants will be able to

    • Understand characteristics and properties of assessment
    • Develop better and valid tests
    • Interpret test results more objectively
    • Appreciate the importance of test equating to determine learning growth
    • Understand student learning
    • Conduct analyses on student test data (using Rasch Analysis)
  • Session 1 (3 hours)

    1. Role of Assessment in Learning
    2. Common Misconceptions of Assessment
    3. Key Aspects of Assessment
      • Planning for Assessment
      • Developing the test questions or instruments for testing (i.e., including issues of Assessment validities – Face, content, construct and criterion-related)
      • Interpreting test results and comparing students’ test performances
    4. The benefits of Assessment for teachers

    Session 2 (3 hours)

    1. Brief introduction to Rasch Analysis
    2. Interpreting Rasch outputs
    3. Understand the need for test equating for determining student learning growth
    4. Presentation of findings from research project on student learning growth in Mathematics.

    Session 3 (3 hours)

    1. Hands on session in running Winsteps (Rasch software) on own/provided set of student data.
  • There will be no formal assessment for this Professional Development course, however participants would have to be able to conduct analysis of a student test data using Winsteps (Rasch analysis).

  • All educators in schools, polytechnics and institutes of higher learning (IHLs)

  • Date : 11th, 18th & 25th July 2017
    Time : 2pm to 5pm
    Venue : National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

    * Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances.

    • MOE Participants - $97.30 (inclusive 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee).
    • Non MOE Participants - $723.25 (inclusive 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee)
  • Please read the instructions below carefully before completing the application form.   

    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course. 

    Payment through GIRO/IFAAS

    NIE will proceed to invoice the respective schools, and they can  make payment through GIRO or IFAAS. The amount payable should be credited into the NIE bank account number 518-041272-001.

    Payment by Cheque

    Please submit the cheque together with the application form. Cheque should be made payable to “National Institute of Education” and participant(s)’ name and course(s) clearly indicated on the reverse of the cheque.

    Please mail to: 
    National Institute of Education
    Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
    1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
    Attn: Ms Bhavani Silvarajoo


    NIE will acknowledge receipt of the application form through email within one week. The course placement letter will be emailed to applicants who have been successfully placed in a course and upon course confirmation.


    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.

  • 26 May 2017

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

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