Online Practice Tests for Secondary Board Examinees in Bangladesh: An Innovative Step toward Quality Education
Shakib Ahsan, McGill University, Canada ; Manash Biswas, Government Teacher's Training College, Bangladesh ; Alannah Fitzgerald, Concordia University, New Zealand
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Poor training, gaps in knowledge and assessment techniques, dependency on private tutors, inequity in access to education, and lack of accountability at the level of school management committees all contribute to the high rate of secondary school drop-outs which in turn affects national economic competency. This paper discusses the use of a decentralized digitized repository of structured question items for in-service teachers to prepare the first batch of secondary board examinees for 2010. A CMS-supported online practice test bank will facilitate curriculum-based assessment methodologies and provide a scaffold for content creation based on Bloom’s cognitive levels. This innovation will have the desired impact of bolstering secondary education in Bangladesh which is currently stymied by insufficient teacher training resources required for imparting objective knowledge for assessment and for implementing effective learning and test taking strategies.
Ahsan, S., Biswas, M. & Fitzgerald, A. (2009). Online Practice Tests for Secondary Board Examinees in Bangladesh: An Innovative Step toward Quality Education. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2224-2230). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).