Using PaCT to make efficient and dependable judgments


The PaCT information website is currently under review and will be relaunched during Term 1, 2019. One of the sections of the new website is “What you need to know about making PaCT judgments”. The information related to making efficient and dependable judgments is copied below. For a preview of how this webpage is likely to display on the new website download the PDF.


Make your aspect judgments based on what you already know about your students.

Use the things you notice about what students know and can do in your teaching and learning programme as a primary source of information for making judgments on an aspect. This includes both oral and written responses to various tasks.


It is important that you are confident about what it is that the student can do independently and most of the time. A large collection of evidence is not necessary for this purpose, although you should be able to justify your decision by using your knowledge of the student, supported by evidence from classroom tasks or any formal assessments if needed.


You can make aspect judgments quickly because you know your programme and your students.

Making an aspect judgment for all the students in your class is quick, especially once you’re familiar with the content of the sets. You can use group mode [PDF, 136 KB] to make judgments for all students in your class on one screen. It is also likely to be more efficient if you make judgments for aspects that have been recently covered in your teaching and learning programme. The process looks like this:


Making an aspect judgment is a best-fit decision.

It is important to remember that PaCT requires you to make best-fit decisions. Rather than looking for a perfect match between a student and a set of illustrations, you are looking for the set which is the closest or best fit for what the student knows and can do when they respond to similar sorts of tasks. The sets were deliberately developed to be distinct and well spread, so making the best-fit decision should be straightforward.


See the Making PaCT judgments webpage [PDF, 16 MB]for a preview of the new site.

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