The year 2016 opens the doors of SMCM for greater heights in terms of its academic innovations, Excelandia IT Services. It is a classroom test-item analysis of teacher-made tests (Bondoc, 2017). This program innovates the usual test-item analysis and interpretation of students’ test results as well as item banking of best test-item constructed.
From a lecture presented, Excelandia program is a diagnostic and achievement test-item analysis. This also caters to the computerized grading system. Moreover, this is in line with the plan of assessment along with established educational objective measurement against standards to be met (Bondoc, 2017). In the end, it will dictate the strengths and weaknesses of the students in terms of the standards being measured. In addition, this also determines the validity and effectivity of the assessment (test) as well as distinguishes the teaching efficiency.
With this regard, SMCM commits to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses in English, Science and Mathematics by giving them diagnostic test as the baseline or starting point. This baseline is the teachers’ reference of the students’ current competency level. Moreover, the diagnostic test serves as the students’ needs assessment, identifying the skills they need to further learn and improve and be given an intervention. A report is prepared showing the target for intervention (Bondoc, 2017), manifesting the percentage of what the students already know and what they need to progress.
At the end of the quarter, the quarterly assessment will be analyzed against the standard of the said period. The report on the achievement test shows progress of the students based on the standard levels of: a) Highly Competent, b) Competent and c) Nearly Competent.
Furthermore, (Bondoc, 2017), signals on test items can be analyzed as to:
1. Discriminate low achievers
2. Needs revision
3. Discriminates high achievers
Parents, upon request, are given a printed report about the students’ progress based on their performance:
1. Doing Fine (A)
2. Making Careless Mistakes (B)
3. Needs to Study Harder (C)
4. Tendency to Make Guesses (D)
In this manner, both the students and teachers are challenged to improve and progress in their competency levels and craft respectively. Thus, SMCM is intensifying the call for further excellence that makes Marians globally competitive.