The morning session involves CARE members working through a four step process to analyse individual test items in order to identify specific strengths and weaknesses in student performance.
Step 1: Prediction
Step 2: Inventory of pass/fail by items
Step 3: Data analysis: Go visual + Observation
Step 4: Write up for provincial report
Using the DBMS database, participants highlight pass/fail, count the failed items, and identify differences before zooming in to look at proficiency for each item. Following the item analysis, participants connect to the nature of exam items and use the data driven dialogue process to analyse the results in more depth and make inferences.
To conclude the morning session and the four step process, Participants draw together the day’s findings to draft a description of the results of the item analysis, including a summary of the findings, the most successful items, the weakest strands, and other relevant data.