Modifying Tests and Quizzes in NEO
Type of technology: Website
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: Any Grade Level
Subject area: Any Subject
Overview: Being able to take tests and quizzes on NEO not only prepares students to become more comfortable with online assessments such as Smarter Balance, but it also makes grading much easier for us. However, we all have a diverse student population who require various ways of learning and ways to be assessed. There is not one test that will work for all of our Honors, Gate, College Prep, Special Education, and English Language Learner students. All of these students need their tests to be modified in order to best fit their needs. One way to make things easier for all of the teachers involved is to slightly modify the one test for each group.
Description: All of the quizzes and most of the tests I give my students are on NEO. I do this for a few reasons. One is that it gets the students comfortable with using iPads, Chromebooks and computers and prepares them for the Smarter Balance Test as they now must take standardized tests on these devices. The second reason I use NEO for quizzes and tests is that it allows me to give more challenging test questions as I can put videos and pictures into the assessments. The third reason I enjoy using NEO is that it allows me to modify my tests to my specific groups of students: SpEd, ELLs, and Honors. Look below to see how these simple test modifications have assisted me and my students.
Benefit 1: Only Have to Write One Question Bank
When you write your test questions in NEO, be sure to write all levels of questions (Honors, CP, SpEd, ELL, etc.). Then copy all of those questions to the question bank so that when you make a separate test later, you can add questions from the library. Simply select the questions that best fit the population you writing the test for.
Benefit 2: Ability to Modify Questions
The pictures above show how I have modified the question. The first picture shows the SpEd and low ELL question which gives less options too choose from as it can be overwhelming with a lot of text. You can also make each question worth fewer points and/or with multiple choice and matching you can give fewer answer choices to choose from.
Benefit 3: Discrete Test, but Easy to Read Grade Book
When you make a variety of tests to assign to each group of students, the student only sees the test that they were assigned. As you can see above, the assignment on the left was a test for my SpEd and low EL students. This test was worth less points and had less answer choices to choose from than my regular test (on the right). I like how this makes modifying tests more discrete. The students can’t tell who got an “easier” test.
Benefit 4: Personalize
Once you have multiple tests created, you can preset who gets each test. Above you can see that I only selected certain students to participate in this test.
You can also personalize the number of attempts for each student. The above pictures show how the students took the same test, but one student had the possibility to take the test twice, while the other student had an additional chance to take the test. This makes things easier for both the General Education teacher and the SpEd teacher because the retake is already present so the student can take it again whenever he/she is ready.
Your Turn: Try assigning your next quiz or test on NEO. Add “Quiz” and then click “Questions.” Write all kinds of questions for all types of students. Then copy all of the questions. When you’re ready to assign the test to the class make an additional test for either the higher level students or students who need more assistance. Then choose the questions you want for each level. Then personalize the tests even further by giving more or less answer choices and/or more or less retakes.