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Self-directed Learning Oriented Assessments in the Asia-Pacific

Volume 18 of the series Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects pp 203-221

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Student-Problem Chart: An Essential Tool for SLOA

  • Magdalena Mo Ching MokAffiliated withDepartment of Psychological Studies, and Assessment Research Centre, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Email author 
  • , Sze Ming LamAffiliated withAssessment Research Centre, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • , Ming-Yan NganAffiliated withDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • , Jing Jing YaoAffiliated withAssessment Research Centre, The Hong Kong Institute of EducationDepartment of Psychology, Zhejiang Normal University
  • , Michael Ying Wah WongAffiliated withAssessment Research Centre, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • , Jacob Kun XuAffiliated withAssessment Research Centre, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • , Stephen Yin Chuen TingAffiliated withFormerly Assessment Research Centre, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

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Abstract

This chapter introduces the concepts of the student-problem chart (SP chart) as a tool to support implementation of assessment for learning. In essence, the SP chart is a matrix of students’ responses against set items in an assessment where the rows are rearranged in descending order of student ability from the top of the matrix and the columns in ascending order of item difficulty from the left. Using the assumption that a more able student is more likely than a less able student to answer any item correctly and that an easier item is more likely to be answered correctly than a more difficult item by any student, modified caution indices can be computed to reflect the extent to which the student and item response patterns deviate from the expected pattern. The SP Xpress software outputs the SP chart, the modified caution indices, and other statistics to support teachers in diagnostic assessment for enhanced student learning.