Disapplying National Curriculum levels: the official Yacapaca response

Yacapaca delivers criterion-referenced assessments. This makes it very useful for doing things like predicting exam grades, because exams are based on tightly-standardised criteria. A Grade C is the same in Barnsley as it is in Basingstoke. At the upper secondary stage (KS4 in England) we have been able to support a wide spectrum of qualifications, and given teachers a reliable tool with which to measure progression.

The English National Curriculum levels have allowed us to do the same at Key Stage 3. The levels are sufficiently well defined that we have been able to Continue reading

Student to-do list update

The student interface is based around two lists, the To-Do List and the Archive.

In the past, we’ve been a bit inconsistent with the To-Do List and included items that students might want to see, but did not actually have any action attached. That has now been cleaned up and a simple rule implemented.

If it is in your To-Do List, then you should do it!

Anything completed goes Continue reading

Introducing Question Bombs

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We now have an astonishing 288,000 questions in the Yacapaca question bank. Many of them were written by truly talented authors and do a great job of formative assessment.

Some questions, unfortunately, weren’t. And don’t.

I have now recruited the most brutal critics on the planet to weed out the sub-standard questions: your students. Continue reading