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. Assessing comparability of optional questions

    Authors: 
    Elizabeth Harrison

    Optionality is any feature in an examination that allows different students to achieve the same qualification without responding to exactly the same set of questions. Where optionality is offered within an exam paper, it is intended that the options should be equivalent in demand....

  2. Inter-subject comparability of examination standards in GCSE and GCE in England

    Authors: 
    Qingping He, Ian Stockford and Michelle Meadows

    Results from Rasch analysis of GCSE and GCE A level data over a period of four years suggest that the standards of examinations in different subjects are not consistent in terms of the levels of the latent trait specified in the Rasch model required to achieve the same grades....

  3. Is the English Baccalaureate a passport to future success?

    Authors: 
    Emma Armitage and Caroline Lau

    In England accountability measures have often been used to steer school behaviour in pursuit of policy goals. In 2010, the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) was introduced to increase uptake of traditional academic subjects at GCSE....