Bronx Times: NY cancels January Regents exams as COVID cases surge

Bronx Times: NY cancels January Regents exams as COVID cases surge. “New York students won’t take Regents exams this January. New York education Commissioner Betty Rosa canceled the winter tests on Tuesday, citing a ‘daunting’ spike in coronavirus cases across the state. No decisions have been made yet regarding the June and August exams, which far more students take. Officials previously said they planned to move forward with spring testing.”

Kingston Whig Standard: Queen’s University to discontinue in-person exams amid COVID-19 outbreak

Kingston Whig Standard: Queen’s University to discontinue in-person exams amid COVID-19 outbreak. “Queen’s University has announced that in-person exams have been discontinued due to concerns of rising COVID-19 case numbers within the student community. In a news release issued Sunday night, the university announced that ‘all remaining in-person exams scheduled for the remainder of the examination period to Dec. 22 will be changed to an alternative delivery format wherever possible.’”

Orange County Register: College applicants go the extra mile – to other states – to take entrance exams amid pandemic

Orange County Register: College applicants go the extra mile – to other states – to take entrance exams amid pandemic. “Mater Dei High senior Catherine Iveson approached her college entrance exams with a level of determination and responsibility that would make many parents proud. The 17-year-old from Costa Mesa put one of her favorite extracurricular activities – competitive riding with her horse Waldo – on hold to focus on taking a weekend prep class for the ACT, one of the most common standardized tests for college admissions. ‘It was as much about time as it was about finances,’ she said of the decision. ‘It’s impractical to do both.’ But the trade-off turned out to be just the start of the sacrifices for Iveson and her family amid the first college application season of the pandemic era.”

Saudi Arabia: Don’t ask questions Google can answer, examiners told (Gulf News)

Gulf News: Saudi Arabia: Don’t ask questions Google can answer, examiners told. “Saudi educational experts have called for a move away from questions that Google can answer in remote tests and evaluation. They urged examiners to ask good test questions that allow students to demonstrate what they have learned, elicit answers that reveal students’ intellectual progress, motivate students and help them structure their academic efforts. Questions should help discriminate between students who have learned what they had intended them to learn and those who have not.”

Phys .org: Smartphones are lowering student’s grades, study finds

Phys .org: Smartphones are lowering student’s grades, study finds. “The ease of finding information on the internet is hurting students’ long-term retention and resulting in lower grades on exams, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick study. The study, published in the journal Educational Psychology, found that smartphones seem to be the culprit. Students who received higher homework but lower exam scores—a half to a full letter grade lower on exams—were more likely to get their homework answers from the internet or another source rather than coming up with the answer themselves.”

Science Blog: Researchers Develop Algorithm To Automatically Generate Multiple-Choice Exam Responses

Science Blog: Researchers Develop Algorithm To Automatically Generate Multiple-Choice Exam Responses. “Teachers, rejoice. A team of Penn State researchers has developed a way to make multiple-choice exam questions easier for instructors to create, yet more intellectually challenging for test-takers. Utilizing machine-learning ranking models, the researchers have proposed a method that automatically generates ‘distractors,’ which are the alternative options used to distract students from the correct answer in a multiple-choice question.”