Response to Questions: Overall Response to Questions

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Highest Quality Rating (3 points)

Response shows presenter understood question; response addresses question directly, is clear, and coherent.

Written Example: In a presentation where students proposed a policy for new city budgeting that would provide more resources for homeless shelters, an adult audience member asked the student, “How does your policy compare to other policies for addressing homelessness across the country?” The student thanks for person for their question and says, “In developing this policy we actually looked towards other states and countries as models. States such as…”. the student continues to list the ways in which other cities are reorganizing budgets for homeless shelters.

Video Example: Students in this example understand the question about whether computers are responsible for high rates of cyber-bullying and provide a clear answer, supported by evidence.

Higher Quality Rating (2 points)

Presenters appear to have misunderstood part of the question or only responded to part of the question.

Written Example: In a presentation where students proposed a policy for new city budgeting that would provide more resources for homeless shelters, an adult audience member asked the student, “How does your policy compare to other policies for addressing homelessness across the country?” The student thanks the person for their question and responds, “Other countries care more about homelessness than our country and that shows by how much they invest in homeless shelters.” No further details on the policies from other countries are provided by the presenters.  

Video Example: When asked a question about measurement, the presenters appear to misunderstand and respond by talking about elements of their project that do not correspond to the judge’s question. It appears the students do not clearly understand what is meant by “measurement in education” in the judge’s question.  

Lower Quality Rating (1 point)

Presenters ignore the question, appear unable to respond, or respond in a hostile way.

Written Example: In a presentation where students proposed a policy for new city budgeting that would provide more resources for homeless shelters, an adult audience member asked the student, “How does your policy compare to other policies for addressing homelessness across the country?” One student on the panel thanks the audience member for their question and looks at his fellow presenters to respond. No one responds and within a few seconds, a different  student calls on a new audience member for another question.