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Nine-Patch Multiple-Choice, Inc. was Dissolved 9 Jan 2014


This grand experiment revealed there is little need to sell new software, but a great need to sell the proper use of existing software.


This work to promote accurate, honest, and fair assessments using multiple-choice tests, that also promote student development (comfortable using all levels of thinking), will continue in Multiple-Choice Reborn and Rasch Model Audit.


Other sources of free software, that is also capable of letting students report what they trust they can use as the basis for further learning and instruction, (partial credit Rasch model) include Winsteps and jMetrik.


Traditional, positive, dumb scoring tallies 0-wrong and 1-right mark. Smart, Knowledge and Judgment Scoring, tallies 0-wrong, 1-good judgment to report what has yet to be learned (no mark), and 2-right mark. Partial knowledge within the test is scored but partial knowledge within the question is not scored. Partial knowledge within a question is treated in a recent report by using negative scoring: -4-right mark, 0-no mark, 1-wrong, 2-wrong, 3-wrong, and 4-wrong marks for a 5-part question.


All students were forced to use negative scoring when offered. Power Up Plus allows students to select dumb or smart testing depending upon which they are comfortable with and their development in using all levels of thinking. This choice is critical in obtaining an accurate, honest, and fair assessment. [A student functioning at lower levels of thinking can easily continue to look for the right answer and then mark the wrong answers (without even reading them) on a forced negative scored test.]


The Company (2006-2013)


[[12 November 2013] Allowing students to accurately, honestly, and fairly report what they trust they know and can do, rather than guess at answers on traditional multiple-choice tests has not taken hold during this run up to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) movement assessments. Again, as with the NCLB assessments, the opportunity to assess student knowledge, skill, and development has been missed using multiple-choice questions.


Two methods for SMART testing have now existed for over four decades: Knowledge and Judgment Scoring (KJS) and the partial credit Rasch model (PCRM) IRT. The PCRM has been included in the software used by many states to score tests and to analyze standardized tests results. The practice of measuring what students actually know and can do that is meaningful, useful, and empowering, as the basis for further learning and instruction, has yet to catch on. Instead DUMB testing continues as an efficient way to rank students, teachers, and schools. DUMB testing, that promotes meaningless repetition, is now counterproductive to the goals of the CCSS movement. KJS and the PCRM support the goals of the CCSS movement to promote student development (the ability to work at all levels of thinking), as well as, promote knowledge and skills.]


Nine-Patch Multiple-Choice is looking to partner and license Knowledge and Judgment Scoring (KJS) as a replacement for, or update to, traditional multiple-choice tests scored by just counting the right marks, in the classroom, on standardized tests, and in the workplace.


Nine-Patch Multiple-Choice was incorporated in 2006 to continue a tradition, started in 1981, of promoting Knowledge and Judgment Scoring. The basic routines were developed over a nine year period involving over 3000 students. To obtain the full power of multiple-choice tests, teachers and test makers must break out of the habit of scoring multiple-choice tests by only counting the right marks.

Knowledge and Judgment Scoring has been used successfully to develop self-correcting scholars from negative passive pupils. A new use is to obtain accurate, honest, fair test scores needed to implement pass/fail points below 80% on standardized tests. When combined, the effect is to increase the level of thinking and the quality of students in instructional activities and in practice tests.


Current offerings are based on Break Out Open-Source code. Break Out Plus adds a cheat checker for easy classroom use. Power Up Plus adds a modern, classroom friendly, item analysis and a second student counseling matrix.