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  1. Measuring comparability of standards between subjects: why our statistical techniques do not make the grade

    Authors: 
    Paul Newton

    In the past few years the examination boards in Britain have witnessed a renewed interest from external bodies in the notion of comparability of grading standards between different subjects....

  2. It's a long, long time from November to June

    Authors: 
    Christopher Wheadon

    Since 1918, if not before, the maintenance of standards over time in the English examination system has used approaches that assume that large cohorts of candidates sit their examinations at the same time of year, every year, after following a similar programme of study over a similar time period....

  3. 'They've all gone to Colchester Zoo': Stakeholder views on the challenges of delivering more flexible testing for national high-stakes examinations in England

    Authors: 
    Christopher Wheadon

    This research investigated the case for more flexible testing for national high-stakes examinations in England through a series of focus groups with teachers, pupils and examiners....

  4. Maintaining standards in UK high-stakes examinations using test equating

    Authors: 
    Christopher Wheadon

    The dual processes of setting and maintaining of standards in high-stakes public examinations in the UK have long used the same methodology: a combination of judgement and statistics....

  5. A qualitative exploration of perceptions of trust in A-levels

    Authors: 
    Lucy Billington

    Although trust is central to the credibility of the examination system, little is known about how trust functions in this context. This paper reports on the findings of a qualitative exploration into perceptions of trust in A-level....

  6. Public trust and high stakes assessment

    Authors: 
    Lucy Billington

    Contemporary society seems to be characterised by a 'crisis of trust'. Opinion polls show a decline in trust in many public institutions and professions. Trust, and its drivers, has been studied in a variety of contexts, including the government, the police force, and the medical profession....

  7. Examining standards over time

    Authors: 
    Paul Newton

    Public examination results are used in a variety of ways and the ways in which they are used dictate the demands that society makes of them. Unfortunately, some of the uses to which British examination results are currently being put make unrealistic demands....

  8. Comparing examination standards: is a purely statistical approach adequate?

    Authors: 
    Ben Jones

    There has recently been a renewed interest in three types of comparability of standards in the United Kingdom public examination system: between years, between subjects and between the six examination boards....

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