Why is automated scoring preferred over human testing?

 

 

Standardised testing has been in the education system for a significant period of time. A testing system that is universal ensures that no two people will get different results because of any outside interference – rather, it’s their own expertise regarding the subject that will allow them to secure the results they want.

The examination process even after the standardised testing faces a lot of obstacles which bring down the quality of exams in India.  After all, ensuring utmost accuracy during the entire process of churning out results can only be carried out to a T if any possible errors during the grading system are mitigated, if not negated entirely.

Thankfully, with the rapid transformation in the digital world , the process of grading is going to get easier than before and there will be absolutely no chances of any human errors. We say this because of the sheer level of innovation that’s enabled through this adoption that allows for an extremely smooth process from bottom to top when it comes to the testing process as a whole. One of the many benefits afforded due to the latest technology is something that should become common across all testing systems – automated scoring.

The fact of the matter is that automated scoring has helped progress the current nature of standardised testing by leaps and bounds. After all, there were – and still are – many tests that utilise human testing to churn out results. Unfortunately, there are several problems that plague this form of testing, mainly due to the inherent limitations that humans have – limitations that can be taken care of once automated scoring becomes the norm. Just take a look at the Pearson Test of English, or PTE – by adopting automated scoring, this exam has become one of the most sought-after English standardised tests around.

To put it into context, here are some of the many benefits that can be enjoyed by adopting the best-in-class technological applications around.

Faster results

Perhaps one of the major benefits of adopting an automated scoring system is the fact that results are typically generated in a shorter while, as compared to human testing. For example, the PTE Academic test provides results in just three to five business days.

Fair and unbiased scoring

The best part about the computer systems is that they do not face problems as humans face. Unlike the problems generally faced by humans, computer systems face no problems when it comes to the act of providing a definite score. With a few sound algorithms set in place, all the test results will be generated with the highest degree of accuracy possible.

No limitations faced

We’ve already talked about human error before, but it needs to be said that automated scoring has been incredibly helpful in eliminating these problems. Fatigue, mistakes, biasedness – none of these factors are debilitating in the slightest if automated scoring becomes the norm.

The points mentioned above should make it perfectly clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that automated scoring will go a long way in eliminating the problems caused by human testing while simultaneously seeing to it that the current examination system is augmented to a substantial extent.

Top ten Boarding Schools in India

The sector of schooling and education is reaching new heights. There are a lot of schools that have many things they claim to be teaching their students. It often becomes very difficult to arrive at a decision with so many choices. When we think of boarding schools there are certain areas of concern like the academic growth of the students, the safety norms followed by the schools, the reputation, the past results, the teaching culture, the atmosphere created for the students. While selecting an educational institute for your children or for yourself, these points need to have clear answers in your mind.

On the basis of the above-mentioned points we have a list of the top ranking Boarding Schools in India for your review:

  1. The Doon School, Uttarakhand

 



The School that hardly needs an introduction. The Doon school is a boys-only boarding school that holds a position in the top ten schools in India with boarding facility and a strong curriculum.

 

  1. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

 

The Bishop Cotton School Shimla is one of the oldest and most reputed schools in the country. It has a heritage 158 years of education. The institution has a Boys only campus in Shimla and a girl’s only campus in Bangalore.

 

  1. Welham Girls School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

 

The Welham School for girls was established in 1957. The school has been listed in the top ranking schools with boarding facility since 2013.

 

  1. Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan

 

Mayo College, Ajmer is again a heritage college known as ‘Eton of the East, since its establishment in the year 1857. A boy’s only college with a very good reputation and exclusive in-house facilities and museum for students.

 

  1. John’s International Residential School, Chennai

 

St. John’s International School, Chennai is a very well reputed school in South India. They have a tagline of ‘Educating and Educaring’. Has also won an award for Computer Education by  Late. Dr.Abdul Kalaam.

 

  1. The Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

The Scindia School has been educating India since 1897.In those times; the school was open for only royal princes especially from the Maratha dynasty.  However, now the school is open to general public. The Scindia School has a strict student teacher of 1:12.

 

  1. New Era High School, Panchgani

The New Era High School is one of the first Bahá’ís education projects in India. It was founded in 1945.The school gained popularity after its presence in the movie Taare Zameen Par.

  1. Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore

 



The Sarala Birla School, Banglore is a well reputed residential school only for boys. The school follows the IGSE and IB Diploma program, one of the most popular and competitive programs today.

 

  1. Sherwood College, Nainital

 

The Sherwood College is one of the oldest colleges in India. It dates back to 1869.The school has a very large library and, attention is given to co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

 

  1. Joseph’s School, Darjeeling

The schools opened doors in February 1888. And has since had students coming from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. St. Joseph’s School has a very keen interest in sports along with academics.

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E-Learning Advantages and Disadvantages

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Ever wanted to study a topic that was not offered in your school or college? Or a topic that is beyond the spectrum of your subject? The answer is, “Yes, you can”! Welcome to the world of e-learning, which gives everybody the chance to explore topics beyond their horizons and gain more insight into a specific area of interest. The use of technology such as, audio, animation, text, streaming videos, for educational purpose is termed as E-learning. Online learning can be undertaken individually or under the supervision of an instructor. The two main options of E-learning for high school students are E-learning using available web resources and Massive Open Online Courses. Let us consider them both.

E-learning using web resources:

Several websites can help students enhance their learning alongside high school learning programs. One such website, for instance, is MIT’s E-learning initiative that offers benefits on a huge variety of educational subjects to both current university students as well as working professionals. The tutorials and online resources complement schoolwork, allowing students to explore classroom topics at their own pace in greater depth and the tutorials can be used to strengthen their understanding of a subject. They can also move beyond their curriculum to discover and explore topics of interest. A Learning, which happens through interaction and visual means is enriching and enhances interest and retention.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs):

Some of the popular MOOCs offered today have been started by the best universities in the world, offering free courses from their institutes. Platforms and initiatives such as Udacity by the Stanford University and EdX by Harvard and MIT, allows top universities and professors to share their information with the world and give a student sitting in different corner of the globe, a chance to study something they are passionate about. For instance, Priya Sinha, a fifteen year old student studying in the Delhi Public School in Vasant Kunj, has taken many E-learning courses ranging from design and poetry, reasoning, and music; she enrolled in her first E-learning course when she was in the 8th grade. When asked why, Sinha replied swiftly, “Because this learning is a great supplement to the limited learning that happens in school”.

She points out that, besides giving her an idea as to what she could pursue in college in the future, these programs also opened up her mind to new fields. Although, most of these are college-level courses, anyone is free to register for them and participate. This helps students understand what they can expect out of coursework in college, and specifically, from a course they are interested in pursuing. As with any field of interest, e-learning carries both advantages as well as certain disadvantages, therefore, let’s discuss both in detail.

Here are the E-learning advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of E-learning courses:
  • You can supplement your high-school knowledge by taking college-level courses and take the liberty of pursuing a course that you are really zealous about.
  • You have the option of selecting courses that you are interested in, even if these subjects are out of the domain of your curriculum. For instance, you may be studying a science course in high school, however, an online course allows you the independence of taking a course in English poetry from Wordsworth to Eliot!
  • These courses enable a person to study something about which they are passionate. The discussion board and group chats, offered on E-learning platforms, are advantageous as they lead to interactive learning and provide more a detailed outlook of a particular aspect of the subject.
  • There are a variety of activities and assignments to complete within the courses that can enhance one’s knowledge.
  • It prepares you for how college will be in terms of severity and structure.
  • You can test your competence in a certain area to be ascertain of your interest in the course and whether if you want to take it up in college or not.
  • You gain a sense of confidence and awareness by taking these courses as they are chosen by you.

 Disadvantages of E-learning Courses:

  • E-learning courses are particularly disadvantageous for those who lack motivational skills or suffer from bad study habits.
  • Sometimes, the lack of a routine structure and deadlines, a student may be prey to lack of concentration.
  • Also, the student feels isolated and cannot interact with their peers.
  • An e-learner won’t find anyone to compete with to test their actual progress.
  • It is practically impossible to replicate the effects of hands on training with a virtual classroom based study model.
  • For some, less tech savvy students, shuffling between various online tools may be an arduous task.