Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Check Your Key


The last seven days before the winter break I covered a science class. On day one (which was a Wednesday) all the classes had a test.

Because I was going to be there for over a week, it fell to me to get the makeups for this test taken care of.

The tests were on Scantrons, so that made the grading easier. I waited a couple days before braving the Scantron machine. (I had never used one before, so I thought figuring it out would be a challenge. It wasn't.) A few test stragglers had made their tests up by then. But not all.

After grading and recording the first batch of tests, a couple other students got their tests taken. I retrieved the keys from the "keys" book. (The teacher left me a binder with keys for all the assigned work during her absence.) I ran the tests. And I went home for the day.

While recording the test scores, I noticed something about the key I used for one of the tests. It said "earthquakes". But the Earth science test had been on "resources". Oh crap! Had I used the wrong key for all the tests?

The next day I learned the answer. No, I hadn't. I had just grabbed one wrong key for one test.

Whew. Because having to run all the tests again... (And there were A and B tests, so putting everything back into the right order...)

27 comments:

  1. How stressful! You are so lucky you only ran the wrong test key for one of the tests. I would hate to have to resort! I'm guessing the kids put some sort of test number or something at the top of the scantron for those purposes?

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    1. They were told to. They were supposed to. But not everyone did.

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  2. Makes you long for the "good old days" when testing was done "by hand" instead of machine. Glad it worked out!

    betty

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  3. Phew! Glad it was just one wrong key for one test. I never had to do anything like that. All my test grading (and creating, for that matter) was done by hand.

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  4. Hi Liz - when you're doing something out of your comfort zone - it's not easy ... and one worries and then think we might make a mistake - so glad you didn't - whew as you say ...

    Happy New Year ... Cheers Hilary

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  5. I had never heard of these machines. Thanks for the lessons!

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    1. I guess they were after your time. Teachers used them when I was in school, so they've been around for a while.

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    2. LOL! Everything is after my time! I'm old. We used pencils and papers and that is how the teachers graded too. I asked Harley about it and she knew exactly what they were.

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    3. Some things change. Some things don't.

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  6. Scantron tests seems to be an American thing because I honestly can't say that I've ever seen one in the UK. I guess it helps save time.

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    1. They do. You've never taken a multiple choice test in pencil that was to be scored by a machine? I can't believe there isn't some UK equivalent.

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  7. Oh things were so much simpler when I was in school. I don't envy you!

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  8. Eek! Glad you figured it all out :)

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  9. I don't think we have Scantrons in the UK but I could be wrong, it was a very a long time since I was at school!
    That's Purrfect

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  10. That must have been a scary moment. It probably would have been scary for whoever took it if they got the incorrectly graded test back, too :)

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  11. Yikes! That's one of those moments where you hold your breath and sleep poorly, eh? I'm so glad you did do it right!

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  12. It could be a lot worst. We all make plenty of Boo...
    Coffee is on

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    1. Oh yes. I have a tag "blunder" for just such an occasion.

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  13. Must have been scary there for a bit.

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  14. What's important is that you gave the students the correct test! I can see why you were worried though and am glad things turned out ok.

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    1. Ah yes, I suppose it could have been worse.

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  15. We have tests like that in Australia but I've never heard of them being referred to as Scranton. They're a good idea. Saves the teacher painful marking.

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    1. Scantron is the name of the company. What are they called in Australia?

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