Skills assessment software, SACoche has been used for over a year by several French colleges. Free and free, it allows teachers to keep records of what their students have acquired, and students to know where they are in the acquisition of skills.
SACoche, the first letters of which are the acronym for "skills acquisition monitoring", was first used by the colleagues of Professor Crespin before spreading throughout France and even in Canada, where it is used in particular. by Marie De France International College in Montreal and Étienne-Brûlé High School in Toronto. SACoche is free software, under the free GPL license, which can be used online. Educational institutions interested in the software can try it out by going through the SACoche website where they can choose to import the software on their own server or leave it on the server of Sésamath, a French association which promotes free and open educational resources for teaching mathematics.
Created by Thomas crespin, who teaches the Jean Aviotte college in the department of Gironde, France, SACoche was born in 2009 when the math teacher was looking for an effective way to assess the skills of his students. First discovering the work of Professor Michel Vauquois, who has been using the grid of so-called “points” for several years. Lomer To assess the skills of his students, Thomas Crespin had the idea of integrating this color point scoring system into his SACoche software.
Although created by a mathematics teacher, the SACoche software allows you to assess skills in several subjects and its use is very simple. The site also presents a few video clips to familiarize yourself with the tool. Entering skills takes into account in particular the group in which each of the students is listed, the type of assessment, the items assessed (the subject), the skills assessed, etc. A grid is then created using Lomer's assessment system, a system in which two green dots indicate that the student has largely reached the goal, a single green dot indicates that he has reached the goal despite imperfect mastery. , a red dot indicates that it has not reached the objective, but that it is not very far from it, and two red dots indicate that everything must be started again in order to achieve the objective.
Since it is free software, it can very well adapt to the educational context of Quebec. After all, SACoche is intended to be an effective tool for monitoring student achievement which "allows the teacher to know at any time what has acquired, and above all has not acquired, each of his students".