Sunday, 18 March 2018

Understanding the Asttle marking process

One of my reasons for taking up the writing aspect was that my kids had problems writing.  But what areas in particular did our kids find hard?  And how do we know what the best writing looks like.  As someone who has not much experience with marking asttle,  Marc Milford, our student literacy expert provided the opportunity for staff to meet together and moderate student asttle papers to help us understand the process better.

We sat down together and went through a number of scripts and I was amazed at how thorough the process was when it came to understanding each of the areas of language that a learner needed to achieve.  There are 7 areas in marking rubic that contribute to an overall grade and each requires knowledge of how to identify them.  Each paper needed to be moderated 3 times was a way to ensure that each mark was awarded fairly.  After going through a number of papers, I felt more confident in how to approach the marking and clearer on what I wanted to address within my department.  From this session, my hope is to identify the students who share gaps within specific areas of the rubic and create differentiated writing strategies to support them.  This would require ensuring my teachers know what to look for and how to teach it. 

Moderating student asttle tests.
Me and Marc working hard to get it done!

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