Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks

Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Use SOLO taxonomy to create open, engaging and accessible questions that produce differentiated student responses.
Target Audience
Science 7-10 teachers
16 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Writing extended response tasks is an art and a science. They must be engaging, contain limited prompts and illicit a full range of responses. SOLO taxonomy is used to underpin the design of writing tasks and assessment rubrics.

Audience

Science 7-10 teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Access to syllabus and other documents are accessed via a moodle.
Participants share products on forums on the moodle.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Face to Face - Individual in Australia (NSW) at this time.

Sessions

The Structure of Learning Outcomes (SOLO) Taxonomy

30 minutes

Presentation and discussion: SOLO classifies the quality of student responses by addressing both the quantity of points in a response, the type of points within the response and the relationships within the response.

The anatomy of an Extended Response Task

1 hour

Presentation, Quiz and discussion:
Analysis of an extended response task;
Using SOLO to create marking rubric
Applying SOLO and the marking rubric to student responses

Designing an extended response task

2 hours

Participants collaboratively design an extended task; marking rubric and sample responses that will assess a student’s knowledge and understanding of specific syllabus points.

Panel

1 hour

Participants present their extended response tasks to others for peer review and refinement.

What To Bring

Wifi enabled Laptop

User Rating

4.7

Latest Reviews

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Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
16/03/2017

The presentation was well organised and scaffolded into mini modules.Content was delivered clearly with opportunity to practice skills of SOLO.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Steven John Guyot on 16/03/2017

Valuable experience.Excellent learning environment.Knowledgeable presenter.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Susan Rutherford on 16/03/2017

Good breakdown.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
16/03/2017

Plenty of time to apply theory.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Halima Heywood on 16/03/2017

Excellent,practical,relevant,and just what I needed to take my assessment questions to the next level.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
16/03/2017

Good resources,gain more knowledge and insight on how to write better questions.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Michael Murdoch on 21/06/2016

A well prepared and structured day. An excellent approach to look at assessment to make a valuable tool rather than extra paperwork. Going to rethink assessments I write in the future.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Maureen O'Connor on 21/06/2016

This was a really valuable learning experience about how to create better extended responses. This is something I have struggle with. I feel much better equipped now.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
21/06/2016

Good combination of theory, examples and working tasks to complete. Concretes ideas and skills on the day.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Rob Bearlin on 12/04/2016

Highly organized.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Helen Foster on 12/04/2016

Very well organized and presented. Worthwhile and will change my practices.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by milada safarik on 12/04/2016

Content was targeted. Involved good networking and discussion. Some aspects ran through quickly. Overall, great workshop.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
12/04/2016

Content used was excellent for future assessment design. Presentation was a bit rushed and probably had too much to get through. Overall, very informative.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
12/04/2016

Very useful and interesting.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Stephen Nugent on 12/04/2016

Slightly fewer sections with greater emphasis on SOLO.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Paul Stokes on 12/04/2016

Well paced and very informative.


About the team


Jim Sturgiss

Creator

Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)