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. Public perceptions of reliability

    Authors: 
    Suzanne Chamberlain

    This report forms part of Ofqual’s Reliability of Results two-year research programme (Strand 3: ‘Public Perceptions of Reliability’)....

  2. Assessment expertise project: validity of assessment

    Authors: 
    Neil Stringer

    When candidates take a test, whether it is a written examination, a practical performance, or submitting a portfolio of work, it is taken so that an examiner can assess the candidate’s performance relative to a standard....

  3. Principles of standard setting

    Authors: 
    Lesley Meyer

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

  4. Case studies in summative assessment: an investigation

    Authors: 
    Claire Whitehouse

    This paper reports on a qualitative study that explored the features of a good case study for use in summative assessment at GCSE and GCE. The study consisted of two focus groups and two interviews conducted with examiners, two focus groups with teachers and two focus groups with students....

  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. 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....

  7. 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....

  8. Is an exam paper greater than the sum of its parts? A Literature Review of Question Paper Structure and presentation

    Authors: 
    Victoria Spalding

    Literature relating to question paper structure and presentation was reviewed in order to gain insight into good practice for question paper writing....

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