MI Monday | Oral as well as Written Examination

Welcome to MI Monday I Week #16

Being aware of where your students are – both in terms of written as well as communication skills – is one of the important roles a teacher plays.

Today’s micro-innovation shares an initiative by a teacher to consistently and effectively monitor and evaluate both the skills in the students.

Problem statement

Too often, standard written assessments are only successful at drawing out knowledge from students at the higher-end of the ability spectrum, students comfortable with written communication. Written tests are ineffective at testing the knowledge of students who may understand the content but who are not able to express their knowledge and understanding in written form.

Micro-innovation description

The micro-innovation designed to overcome this problem involves changing the method of testing for learning. By splitting her tests into halves, one written and one oral, Daya’s students are able to demonstrate their knowledge more effectively. The value of this innovation is that Daya is able to identify students whose literacy is holding them back and make a wider assessment of students’ learning.

Why interesting

This micro-innovation has the potential to help teachers to recognise the ability of their students to learn, even if their literacy skills are weak. By reminding teachers that all children have the capacity to learn, it could be important in helping teachers commit to supporting the learning of all students in their class, rather than just those with stronger written literacy skills.

Potential implementation challenges

To ensure that administering written and oral tests is as useful as possible, they will need to test competency as well as knowledge – reading, writing and recognition should be seen as separate competencies. The tests will be of most use to teachers if they use the results to inform their practice; the assessment should be formative.

Impact so far (according to teacher)

Daya’s observations are that student confidence has increased. Students with low literacy levels are able to demonstrate their learning which encourages them to continue to work hard and to engage more in lessons. Daya has told us that overall test results have improved, although it is not yet clear whether there has been a corresponding improvement in writing skills which will, of course, be important to investigate.

Download the implementation guide for STIR_Oral and Written Exam

STIR Education

STIR Education

STIR is a UK based charity working in developing countries ( India and Africa) to improve quality of school education by working with teachers in the poorest schools in the region.

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