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. Contemporary validity theory and the assessment context in England

    Authors: 
    Neil Stringer

    The concept of validity developed considerably during the last half of the twentieth century, from essentially meaning that 'a test measures what it says it measures', through multiple types of validity - content, criterion, and construct - to a multifaceted but essentially unitary concept of constr...

  2. Item banking with a test construction interface: An evaluation of a prototype

    Authors: 
    Claire Whitehouse, Qingping He and Christopher Wheadon

    A prototype item bank/test construction interface was developed and evaluated within the Research and Policy Analysis department to assess how alterations to the current question paper setting process brought about by item banking may impact on the quality of tests....

  3. An evaluation of a prototype feedback tool for teachers

    Authors: 
    Victoria Spalding

    This project explored some analysis options AQA can pursue in repackaging the items retired from an item-bank. Past paper analysis will be made redundant when on-demand testing is implemented in 2015. Item analysis tools could be provided to teachers to act as a replacement....

  4. Online standardisation trial, Winter 2008: Evaluation of examiner performance and examiner satisfaction

    Authors: 
    Lucy Billington and Chloe Davenport

    In January 2008, online standardisation was trialled for the second time across six components. Half of the components were marked conventionally and half at item level and onscreen using CMI+....

  5. Measuring trust in the examination system: some insights from the medical profession and elsewhere

    Authors: 
    Lucy Billington

    If the examination system is to maintain its credibility within society, it is imperative that awarding bodies and their regulator make efforts to understand, measure, and engender public trust....

  6. Extended project (cohort 3) and project qualification (level 1 and 2): Student evaluation

    Authors: 
    Anne Pinot de Moira and Kate Tremain

    In summer 2008, the third cohort of students were awarded grades for the pilot Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). At the same time, awards were made to the first, and only, pilot cohort for the Level 1 and 2 Project Qualifications (PQ)....

  7. Do marking reliability studies have validity?

    Authors: 
    Suzanne Chamberlain

    Marking reliability studies are essential to ensure that examiners' marking of high stakes public assessments is appropriate, consistent and fair to candidates....

  8. 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....

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