Why not give students a second chance to improve?

June18, 2020
by Apoorva
15 min read

Imagine you were to get only one chance to learn to walk. You fell, and you would never be allowed to walk again. How unfair would that be?

So why is there a hurry for children to understand difficult topics?

Is it fair to move to the next topic with partial understanding?

Why not give teachers and students a second chance?

Open Door recognises this and always gives students a second chance to improve. The process is very simple. After the first test, a detailed report is generated. This helps teachers to target specific students’ misconceptions. After remediation, Open Door’s second test ensures a deeper understanding of concepts for both teachers and students. A second test gives both teachers and students a second opportunity to improve understanding, thereby keeping both teachers and students naturally motivated to show an improvement in learning.

An evidence based study

In the academic year 2019-20, Open Door’s Mastery assessments have helped 125463 students to improve their understanding of Math and Science. The following study shows that a majority of students would have been left with misconceptions if we have moved to the next topic. With the help of Mastery Assessments, 87824 students have developed a deeper understanding and cleared misconceptions.

What are Open Door’s Mastery Assessments?

Open Door helps teachers to fill the prior learning gaps with remediation and learning inputs. A detailed report helps teachers to target specific students’ misconceptions. After remediation, Open Door’s second test ensures a deeper understanding of concepts for both teachers and students. A second test gives both teachers and students a second opportunity to improve understanding, thereby keeping both teachers and students naturally motivated to show an improvement in learning.

Mastery assessments use the power of enjoyable and high-quality questions with instant feedback to help students develop a deeper understanding of Math and Science concepts. Open Door helps teachers to take corrective actions before moving on to the next topic. We make sure that students understand every difficult topic taught in the class. Mastery Assessments are the simplest, fastest, and most powerful tool to build mastery on difficult topics.

How does Open Door improve students’ understanding?

In the academic year 2019-20 , 125463 students took Open Door’s first assessment after completing the topic in the class. Even after learning the chapter thoroughly only, 40148 students (32%) had scored more than 60% in their test.

Pie chart explaining the performance of first test

The above data shows that the majority of the students haven’t fully understood the concept. At this learning stage, around 85314 students would have partially understood the concept if we have moved on to the next topic.

In Open Door’s second test, around 87824 students scored more than 60%. While comparing the data of both the tests, we can see an improvement of 32% in the student count. Around 47676 additional students understood the topic well because they were provided a second opportunity. These are the students who would have been left with partial understanding if teachers have moved on to the next topic.

A one-to-one comparison between the performance of both the tests indicates that number of students who scored 0-40% has decreased in the second test. The performance graph of the second test is shifted towards the right i.e. students who scored more than 60%.

Towards Deeper Understanding of concepts

In Open Door, we design interesting and thought-provoking questions. A question-wise analysis of this study shows that students find it difficult to answer questions that ask for a deeper understanding of concepts. But after teachers put effort into clearing misconceptions, most of the students mastered the topic.

 

In the above case, the concept of unbalanced forces was asked in an interesting way. Students need to have a deep understanding of the concept to answer the question. In the first test, only 38% of the students chose the correct option. Open Door provides learning inputs for such kinds of misconceptions. Teachers can use these learning inputs to provide a deeper understanding of the concepts. In Open Door’s second test, 89% of the students answered the question on balanced forces correctly. Thus, an improvement of 51% was seen.

How was the research conducted?

A sample of 971 students from schools across India (DPS Nasik, Singhania School, Thane, Mount Carmel, Dwarka, PDAV Jalandhar) participated in the study. Data from the study was then extrapolated for Open Door’s 125463 partner school students. In the study, students represent the controlled variable, and tests represent the independent variable. Both the assessments were designed on the same topics with a similar level of difficulty. Teachers for remediation were also kept constant throughout the study.

Conclusion

The above study shows that a majority of students would have left with misconceptions if we have moved to the next topic. With the help of Open Door’s Assessments, 125463 students gets a second chance to improve their understanding.

 

 

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