Maximising Student Interest and Engagement in Assessment Activities
New Zealand’s National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP) annually conducts assessments to randomly selected national samples of Year 4 (8-9 year olds) and Year 8 (12-13 year old) students using rich tasks and multiple approaches to find out what they know, think and can do. Within repeating 4-year cycles, all major areas of the curriculum are included in the programme (oral and written literacy, mathematics and statistics, science, visual arts, music, health and physical education, information and inquiry skills, and technology). The project attaches particular importance to using tasks and approaches that capture student interest and sustain their engagement, including numerous hands-on tasks and the use of computers. Because of major implications for the validity of the assessments and the information they provide, a range of strategies are used in the development and administration of tasks, and in the analysis of results, to check and monitor student engagement. During this workshop, participants will experience first-hand the approaches used, find out how the tasks are developed, and explore some of the data that arises from the assessments and how it is used.
Keywords: Assessment, Student Interest and Engagement
Emeritus Director, National Education Monitoring Project, Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago
Curriculum and Assessment Specialist, National Education Monitoring Project, Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago