Assessing with multiple choices instead of multiple-choice

In the maker space where I previously worked, we required students to get 100% on tool safety tests before they were allowed to use the tools. My colleague had created the tests before I arrived on the scene, but I volunteered when we received a new CNC machine. I put links in Google Classroom to sites that showed how the tool should be used and created a simple multiple-choice quiz using Google Forms. We rarely used multiple-choice assessments, but we had agreed that it was the only way to streamline the process for hundreds of students in grades 4-12 to utilize the wide array of tools in this space.

Students could not use a tool if they did not receive a 100% on its safety quiz. Students who earned less had to submit a paper that explained what questions they missed and why. Turning in this corrections paper gave them another chance on the quiz. We didn’t worry about cheating because we wanted the students to look at the source materials for answers. But many of the students preferred to guess rather than read anything or watch a video, and they inevitably got at least one answer incorrect.

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