When conducting a course or class, instructors want to be able to see what the students actually learned. A great way to gauge this is by using pre- and post-tests. The pre-test is administered before material is taught and serves as a general baseline, while the post-test, administered after the material is taught, can show the areas of improvement and the magnitude of improvement. This is a great method to quantify learning, but having to manually grade two sets of tests and compare the results is incredibly time-consuming.
Remark Office OMR can change that. The Remark Office OMR software allows you to create your own customized tests in a program like Microsoft Word, print them on plain paper, and scan them to be graded automatically using existing equipment, such as a desktop scanner or network copier. Several reports are available to detail student, class, and item performance and progression. The reports can show the appropriate pre- and post-test data on the same screen, allowing you to quickly and easily compare the two. The data can also be exported to several common formats, such as Excel, CSV, Access, etc.
In order to differentiate the pre-test from the post-tests and have Remark accurately sort and examine the data, you just need to put a small identifier on your form. This can be something as simple as a pre-printed word or a barcode. Alternatively, if you wish to differentiate the tests yourself, you can simply load both sets of data into Remark Office OMR and have the software compare the two sets.
Many of our customers utilize this feature in their own unique ways. For instance, we work with a large network of non-profit customers in Pennsylvania who use pre- and post-tests to gauge the effectiveness of drug and alcohol education courses. Another use could be tracking the performance of technician training, similar to how Rollins, Inc. uses the Remark Office OMR software. Or you could be like the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) in Enola, PA and measure the results of a two week seminar for teacher skills. These are just a few of the many ways you can track progress and learning by using pre- and post-tests with Remark Office OMR.
To learn more about Remark Office OMR, you can sign up for a live webinar or download a free demo to try the software for yourself. You can also contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.858.0860.
Yes! You read that correctly, Remark Office OMR and Remark Test Grading process plain paper forms! Standard 20 lb. copy paper works well for single sided forms. When printing duplex (double sided), you may want to consider a thicker paper stock such as 28 lb. or higher. We recommend this because Remark can process forms completed with any writing instrument. If respondents use a gel pen, Sharpie, or other instrument that might bleed through the page, you will want something a little thicker to handle potential bleeding. When designing forms for Remark Office OMR remember to always follow our form design best practices and do not hesitate to take advantage of our free form review service. We recommend that you test your paper selection prior to printing and distributing large quantities. For more information on the Remark Products please contact Remark Sales at email@example.com or +1-800.858.0860. For technical assistance, please contact Remark Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.610.647.8595.
This piece is a part of a larger series of posts we’ve written about educators around the world working from home. To read more articles like this, check out our blog archive. Educators and administrators across the United States are coming to terms with the hard realities of the upcoming school year. As major cities start to announce all online or hybrid models of school, and millions of children prepare to stay at home in the fall, it is becoming increasingly clear teachers will have to rely on technology more than ever. During these strange unyielding times, the United States Congress passed the CARES Act (The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) to deliver fast economic assistance for Americans. This $2 trillion economic relief package was divided up all over our economy, with a considerable amount going different funds in order to help stabilize our schools. The U.S. Education Department has released estimates on how much money each state should receive individually and has created lists of allowable uses. Among the list of acceptable expenditures are the following:
We are in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. With uncertainty comes new hurdles that require innovative solutions. During this pandemic this is truer in education than anywhere else in the country.
Each school district is currently hard at work drafting their own unique plans for reopening in the fall. No two plans look exactly alike, and no one can say whether these plans will need to be revised again should cases rise. The rumors about the new school year are too numerous to list them all, but here are a few.
With all of this uncertainty, we want you to know that no matter what type of school year is coming—whether you’re in class, practicing remote learning, or some hybrid of the two, Remark Test Grading Cloud has you covered. Our solution can be used in person or remotely with paper or digital assessments. Remark Test Grading Cloud allows teachers to worry less about grading and more about the quality of their lessons. Remark saves time by instantly grading all digital assessments the moment students finish, or with the help of any scanner, can grade huge piles of paper assessments in moments. When grading is completed, the teacher not only sees their students' grades displayed, but they also have access to a multitude of detailed reports on each student, question, assignment, class, benchmarks and much more. Remark even allows teachers to leave comments on student's reports, so that students can receive badly needed feedback or positive encouragement.
In order to help schools during this difficult time, we are offering educators our Remark Test Grading Cloud for free until the end of the 2020 calendar year. You can request your free trial here. To get tips on using Remark Test Grading Cloud, make sure to check out our blog, follow our Twitter account, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.