On Monday 26th Feb, Ash Loy and I attended a PD day all about writing questions for the Years 6, 8 and 10 Religious Education test. It was an immersive day where we were given a fantastic insight into the process of developing the questions for the test. Some of the most important lessons I learnt were:
- They utilise approximately 10 questions from previous tests, 35 new questions, and five from the "bank" (tests before 2015).
- Questions are drawn from the syllabus content, from KWL books, from scripture background information
- The numbers of the tests are coloured numbers to reference content sections:
Liturgical Year (yellow)
Beliefs and Decision Making (green)
We worked to develop our own questions, and wow, it is a very scientific process! The questions are initially written by RE coordinators and Leaders of Learning, then they go through a screening peer assessment & edit, and are often changed up to 10 times along the way. They may change because the question has been involuntarily answered in a different part of the test, or change because the KEY (the answer) is not clear enough.
I really enjoyed the experience and I learnt a lot. I am looking forward to sharing the information with Mimi, in order to boost our own Year 6's results in the upcoming RE test.