Research library

Browse and search the library of research carried out by the Centre for Education Research and Practice, covering a wide range of topics across education and assessment.

  1. Difficulty plots: DIF analysis without the partial credit model

    Authors: 
    Elizabeth Harrison

    From summer 2017, the preferred method for vertical scaling of tiered exams will be chained equipercentile equating. AQA has previously used the partial credit model (PCM) to perform vertical scaling....

  2. Strictly statistics

    Authors: 
    Anne Pinot de Moira and Kate Kelly

    The science and statistics behind examinations is not widely publicised or understood. This is, at least in part, due to the dry, complex and often esoteric nature of the topic. But a lack of transparency may lead to a lack of trust, and the grades students receive have limited value without trust....

  3. AEA-Europe 2016 abstracts

    Authors: 
    Emma Armitage, Yaw Bimpeh, Lena Gray, Ruth Johnson, Kate Kelly, Caroline Lau, Alex Scharaschkin, Ben Smith, Neil Stringer, Charlotte Stephenson, et al

    AEA-Europe's annual conference is a vital place for the assessment community to share ideas and challenge ourselves to think critically about our own research....

  4. Preadmission schooling context helps to predict examination performance throughout medical school

    Authors: 
    Neil Stringer, Michael Chan, Yaw Bimpeh and Philip Chan

    This study investigates the effects of socioeconomic status and schooling on the academic attainment of a cohort of students at a single medical school (N = 240)....

  5. Judging the efficacy of artificial exemplar material

    Authors: 
    Mithra Vijayathasan, Anne Pinot de Moira and Neil Stringer

    Before any examiner can mark national examinations in England they must be trained to use the mark scheme in a process called standardisation....

  6. The effects of accountability measures in English secondary schools: early and multiple entry to GCSE Mathematics assessments

    Authors: 
    Rachel Taylor

    This study used semi-structured interviews with staff in 14 secondary schools in England to explore strategies for entering students to GCSE Mathematics, focusing on the use of early and multiple examination entry....

  7. The meaning of curriculum-related examination standards in Scotland and England: a home-international comparison

    Authors: 
    Jo-Anne Baird and Lena Gray

    The ways in which examination standards are conceptualised and operationalised differently across nations has not been given sufficient attention. The international literature on standard-setting has been dominated by the psychometrics tradition....

  8. 'I don't know where to find the careers adviser... he has disappeared': the impact of changes to careers advice on 14-16 year olds in University Technical Colleges and schools

    Authors: 
    Daniel Acquah, Hayley Limmer and Debra Malpass

    Recent policies in England have enacted significant changes to careers information advice and guidance (CIAG) and work-related learning (WRL)....

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