Kate Kelly

Researcher
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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...
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. The theme for 2016 – 'Social and political underpinnings of educational assessment: past, present and future' – inspired CERP researchers...
The challenges associated with the formation and implementation of national qualifications policy are well documented (e.g. Baird & Lee-Kelley, 2009; Oates, 2008; Richardson, 2007). This paper elaborates on the literature by drawing on interviews with twenty-three key stakeholders from across the...
This paper follows on from work by Tremain (2011) and Meadows (2004) on examiner satisfaction and looks at the difference in intentions to continue examining between examiners with experiences of different marking media and modes of delivery of standardisation. A postal questionnaire was...
AQA is highly reliant on a large body of examiners who are crucial in ensuring that candidates receive timely and reliable results for their high-stakes examinations. As such, the potential ramifications of low examiner satisfaction are significant. This study aimed to investigate the factors which...
This paper reports on the findings of a focus group study designed to explore how teachers have responded to the introduction of controlled assessment. A total of three focus groups were convened. The focus groups took place at three schools, with each school represented by six or seven teachers...
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. Or, a person may mark and then re-mark a piece...
In recent years, some commentators have argued that A-levels do not stretch the most able students. To tackle such concerns, the Government introduced a policy that has become known as ‘stretch and challenge’ in the Education and Skills White Paper. New A-level examinations were introduced for...
This research was commissioned by Ofqual to review how advances in computer technology were enabling on-demand testing in the UK and to consider the implications of these advances for high stakes general qualifications. Their intention was to deepen their understanding of the concerns of...

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