Fine-Grained Cognitive Assessment Based on Free-Form Input for Math Story Problems

B.J. Heeren, J.T. Jeuring, Sergey Sosnovsky, Paul Drijvers, Peter Boon, Sietske Tacoma, Jesse Koops, Armin Weinberger, Brigitte Grugeon-Allys, Francoise Chenevotot-Quentin, Jorn van Wijk, Ferdinand van Walree

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Article in proceedingAcademicpeer-review

72 Downloads (Pure)


We describe an approach to using ICT for assessing mathematics achievement of pupils using learning environments for mathematics. In particular, we look at fine-grained cognitive assessment of free-form answers to math story problems, which requires determining the steps a pupil takes towards a solution, together with the high-level solution approach used by the pupil. We recognise steps and solution approaches in free-form answers and use this information to update a user model of mathematical competencies. We use the user model to find out for which student competencies we need more evidence of mastery, and determine which next problem to offer to a pupil. We describe the results of our fine-grained cognitive assessment on a large dataset for one problem, and report the results of two pilot studies in different European countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLifelong Technology-Enhanced Learning
Subtitle of host publicationEC-TEL 2018
EditorsRaymond Elferink, Hendrik Drachsler, Viktoria Pammer-Schindler, Mar Perez-Sanagustin, Maren Scheffel
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319985725
ISBN (Print)9783319985718
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2018
Event13th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning: Lifelong Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2018) - Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20186 Sept 2018

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference13th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Free-form input
  • Math story problems
  • Solution strategies
  • Step-based assessment
  • User modelling


Dive into the research topics of 'Fine-Grained Cognitive Assessment Based on Free-Form Input for Math Story Problems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this