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  1. Setting and maintaining GCSE and GCE grading standards: the case for contextualised cohort-referencing

    Authors: 
    Neil Stringer

    General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and General Certificate of Education (GCE) grading standards are determined by Awarding Bodies using procedures that adhere to the Code of Practice published by the regulator, Ofqual....

  2. Principles of standard setting

    Authors: 
    Lesley Meyer

    All awarding organisations offering general, curriculum embedded qualifications carry out standard setting....

  3. Question choice in GCE Ordinary Level Chemistry: candidates’ perceptions

    Authors: 
    John Francis and Stanley Owen

    The Ordinary Level examination in Chemistry (Syllabus 1) of the Associated Exam Board consists of two papers: a 60 item objective test and a written paper. The written paper contains nine questions, five of which must be attempted....

  4. A further trial of a bookmark approach to grading objective tests

    Authors: 
    Diana Fowles

    A second trial of the Bookmark method has been conducted, in the context of a GCSE Science module, on the basis of a one parameter model analysis of the objective test data....

  5. Awarding GCSE and GCE- time to reform the code of practice?

    Authors: 
    Ben Jones

    The theme of this paper is that the process by which national general qualifications - the GCSE and GCE in particular - are awarded is no longer fit for purpose....

  6. Fears for tiers: are candidates being appropriately rewarded for their performance in tiered examinations?

    Authors: 
    Christopher Wheadon and Anton Béguin

    Tiering is a multi‐stage test design whereby teachers allocate students to a particular difficulty level (tier) of a test. This approach to the challenge of delivering assessments to students with a heterogeneous ability distribution is normal practice in UK public examinations at the age of 16....

  7. Would the real gold standard please step forward?

    Authors: 
    Jo-Anne Baird, Mike Cresswell and Paul Newton

    Debate about public examination standards has been a consistent feature of educational assessment in Britain over the past few decades....

  8. The effects of consistency of performance on A-level examiners' judgements of standards

    Authors: 
    Alex Scharaschkin and Jo-Anne Baird

    One source of evidence used for the setting of minimum marks required to obtain grades in General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations is the qualitative, expert judgement of examiners....

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