The Diagnostic Inventories of Cognition in Education (DICE) project (2017-2021) aims to develop a freely-available, web-based assessment system that efficiently provides teachers with timely, accurate and actionable feedback about student cognition in probabilistic reasoning.
The project team will develop a formative assessment system to support a more global shift in assessment practice where cognition and assessment are better aligned —a shift away from ubiquitous general ability tests and towards assessment systems that profile multifaceted reasoning.
In addition to the adaptive diagnostic concept inventory, the team will develop two other critical components to the formative assessment system: feedback reports and interpretive guides. Effective formative assessment requires actionable feedback that teachers can interpret and use to make instructional decisions. Student and classroom-level feedback reports will present the results of the psychometric modeling to teachers in a format that enables them to understand students’ cognition. An interpretive guide will aid in correct interpretation of feedback reports.