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  1. 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....

  2. How reliable is marking in GCSE English?

    Authors: 
    Diana Fowles

    In a re-marking exercise to investigate the reliability of marking in GCSE English examinations, the Principal Examiners’ marks were adopted as ‘true’ marks for comparison with the actual or ‘live’ marks that had been awarded by the appointed examiners....

  3. Setting common examination papers that differentiate

    Authors: 
    Frances Good

    Many GCSE syllabuses are examined with examinations in which all candidates take the same papers....

  4. Placing candidates who take differentiated papers on a common grade scale

    Authors: 
    Frances Good and Mike Cresswell

    Three methods of transferring marks from differentiated papers examinations on to a common grade scale are compared....

  5. Grade awarding judgements in differentiated examinations

    Authors: 
    Frances Good and Mike Cresswell

    The consistency of grade awarders’ standards and the application of these standards to define comparable levels of achievement in differentiated examinations are investigated....

  6. Can teachers enter candidates appropriately for examinations involving differentiated papers?

    Authors: 
    Frances Good and Mike Cresswell

    The ability of teachers to enter candidates for appropriate combinations of differentiated papers is considered....