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  1. Sleeping in or selecting out? Candidates' absence from GCSE examinations

    Authors: 
    Suzanne Chamberlain

    For a multitude of reasons candidates do not always complete all assessments in the examinations they are entered for....

  2. Principles of moderation of internal assessment

    Authors: 
    Anthony Daly, Lucy Billington, Suzanne Chamberlain, Lesley Meyer, Neil Stringer, Martin Taylor and Kate Tremain

    Assessing students’ work and awarding a mark requires human judgement. For example, two people assessing the same piece of work may disagree on whether a skill has been demonstrated to a particular level or whether a student’s written answer is clear....

  3. An Item Response Theory approach to the maintenance of standards in public examinations in England

    Authors: 
    Christopher Wheadon

    Every year outcomes from public examinations in the UK rise: politicians congratulate pupils on their hard earned achievement; the media questions whether this achievement is real; those responsible for administrating the examinations defend their standards; various subject councils and employers ...

  4. What's in a name? Experiments with blind marking in A-level examinations

    Authors: 
    Jo-Anne Baird

    A-level results have a substantial impact upon candidates' futures and it is crucial that the results are as fair as possible. Candidates' names appear on examination scripts and some have suggested that this could produce bias in the marking....

  5. Qualification users’ perceptions and experiences of assessment reliability

    Authors: 
    Suzanne Chamberlain

    This paper presents the findings of a study designed to explore qualification users’ perceptions and experiences of reliability in the context of national assessment outcomes in England....

  6. An analysis of the GCE A* grade

    Authors: 
    Daniel Acquah

    The General Certificate of Education (GCE) A* grade was first awarded to students in 2010. It was introduced to assist higher education institutions in differentiating between the highest performing students and to promote and reward greater stretch and challenge....

  7. Communication strategies for enhancing qualification users' understanding of educational assessment: recommendations from other public interest fields

    Authors: 
    Suzanne Chamberlain

    The outcomes of national assessments in many countries provide 'qualifications' or 'credentials' that may be used to define the levels of students' knowledge and skills, for their own use and that of employers, higher education institutions and others....

  8. A review of the literature on marking reliability

    Authors: 
    Michelle Meadows and Lucy Billington

    Marking reliability is the focus of this literature review, which will cover the levels of marking reliability achieved in different forms of assessment and research into methods of improving marking reliability. ...

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