Jump to content

Why do Teachers keep test papers?


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 sydney75

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:25 PM

I want to know why teachers dont give back the test papers that the school kids do at school?

My year 6 son, just did a test two weeks ago and has been allocated to maths groups today. The teacher wont give any test papers back? We saw the teacher today and asked about test papers and she says, no they wont give back test papers.

This has been happening for so many years that we never get to see the test the kids do. I would like to see what maths problems he has so we can address it. I did tell the teacher that i would like to know if he has any weakness and she keeps saying he is fine.

So do you get to see your childrens test papers?

Edited by mercedez, 19 February 2013 - 11:30 PM.


#2 SeaPrincess

Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:32 AM

They don't give them back because they use the same one each year.  Wouldn't want anyone to have an advantage by studying up on big bro/sis test from a previous year.

#3 Niamh23

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:34 AM

I assume they are giving the papers back in class, then collecting them once the kids have had a look?

#4 kpingitquiet

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:48 AM

My schools always required a parent to sign off on graded tests and return them, via the student, to the teacher. I thought that was pretty sensible.

#5 Coffeegirl

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:53 AM

Depends on the test and what the school is using it for.    

At our school they have a number of different tests.  Some are returned, some are not.

Assesment tests are usually not returned as they really have no bearing on the day-to-day work.  They are simply a tool that the teacher uses to see where your child sits in that subject. Your child is not expected to know and get every question correct.  They usually do a few of these at the beginning of each year.

Tests during the year are often reviewd and marked by the children during class time, so they can see where they had issues and they can be discussed.  These are often sent home in the school bags.

Final tests are not usually returned and are marked by the teacher.  They are then kept on file for end of year reporting.

#6 Who is me

Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:13 AM

Generally I would have kept all tests until all children (some children may have been away the day it was done) had completed the test, and all of them had been marked. Exam papers are kept to use as practice papers, but answer sheets would be returned.
The only reason I can think of that they wouldn't be returned is that they reuse the tests in following years. For something like a maths test, this would seem quite likely, as each year they would learn the same things.

#7 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:40 AM

If schools are reusing tests, then giving them back isn't possible. The lengths that some tutors will go to get copies of tests is astounding (giving students free tutoring if they use their phones to take photos.)

I work in a year 11 and 12 school and we go keep assessment items for two reasons. 1, for moderation to use the work to compare when grading happens. 2, because tutors keep copies of all the assessments that we do allow home it means we can never use those questions again given it would advantage students with the unscrupulous tutors.

While not all primary schools would be the same, there definintely would be some primary schools where this goes on as well.

However, even as a year 11 and 12 school if a parent requested to view the paper we would allow this. They might not be able to take it home, but they could view it in our presence. For us, given the students are older, we always given the papers to the students to review, check the marking, ask any questions and then return to us in the same lesson.

#8 sydney75

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:22 AM

ok now i understand. I just wish i could see his results which they wont even mention.

Back in my days the schools always gave every single test results back.

#9 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:26 AM

For tests this early in the year it is probably for diagnostic reasons and not assessment reasons. In which case it might just be simpler for them if parents don't know the results.

#10 elizabethany

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

I know for older kids (senior school and up), it is also so they have a record if the marks get contested.

At University level, we are required to keep marked assessments until 2 years after that student has graduated.  Considering that people do part time or defer, we often keep them for between 7 and 10 years from the test date.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

How I learnt to relax about routines

After many routine-led, tough years, we've realised that being parenting isn't about being perfect. It isn't about following a schedule to a T.

Should you have a third child or not?

I thought our family had been complete with our two boys. I had no idea how much I needed my daughter until she was here.

Helping a toddler embrace an adopted sibling

A single parent by choice, I am preparing to adopt a second baby from Morocco. And I face a special challenge.

When pregnancy messes with your self-esteem

Pregnancy doesn't make all women feel beautiful. It certainly doesn't raise every woman's self-esteem.

Join us in The BIG nappy change

Introducing the new Coles Little Explorer Nappies! You can confidently rely on Coles Little Explorer nappies at each stage of your child's growth, so take the Big Nappy Change and try new Coles Little Explorer nappies for yourself!

Robbie Williams live tweets wife's labour

And the award for most patient woman in labour goes to ... Robbie Williams' wife, Ayda Field.

Vaccine ignorance is deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral.

Parenting differently based on birth order

All children have unique personalities, but keeping birth order in mind could help when parenting.

How to get rid of the mum guilt

Motherhood and guilt seem to go hand in hand, but there are ways to focus

Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

The devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

No one's sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the consequences for those who are can be devastating.

The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

Toddler's awesome dress up month

Two-year-old Willow and her photographer mum, Gina Lee, made October "Dress Up Willow Month". She posted photos of Willow's costumes on her Instagram account, and her creative takes on popular culture are simply adorable.

Childhood around the world

It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

Best picks for baby and toddler shoes

Here's a great selection of footwear from pre-walker to walker ensuring comfort and style for growing feet.

I lost my wife and daughters to Ebola - then it came for my son

Sunday, September 21, is a day I will never forget.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss. It involves toilet talk, and probably caused my miscarriage. But it needs to be talked about.

Prenatal testing: the facts

Prenatal testing is done to check if a baby has certain medical conditions before birth. Here is some important information about what the tests are for and the risks involved.

5 things to do with your baby?s old clothes

Did you think your only option for your baby?s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

Why it's possible to not realise you're pregnant until the baby arrives

After hearing about 'surprise babies' born to mums who didn't know they were pregnant, it's common to ask "how did she not realise?" But experts say it's entirely possible for it to happen.

'My miracle is finally here'

How has the world continued on its pace when mine has been altered so drastically?

Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

Six months after a heavily pregnant Megan Gale posed nude for Marie Claire, the glowing new mum has gone topless for the cover of another magazine.

A new perspective on life from living with two diseases

A mother shares her personal story about the difficulty of living with two conditions, one of which stops her from being able to see her daughter's face.

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a safety advisory warning parents about confusion when using the dosing syringe supplied with Children's Panadol.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Take 'The Coles Big Nappy Change' Challenge

You could become part of our Test Drive team and win one of 200 packs of Coles Little Explorer Nappies as part of our 5-day challenge.

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Join us in The BIG nappy change

Introducing the new Coles Little Explorer Nappies! You can confidently rely on Coles Little Explorer nappies at each stage of your child's growth, so take the Big Nappy Change and try new Coles Little Explorer nappies for yourself!

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

Weird trend

Couple has five babies in 14 months

Julie and David Grygla weren't sure they'd ever have kids - but their dreams have now well and truly come true.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.