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  1. Inter-subject standards: an insoluble problem?

    Ben Jones, David Philips and Rob van Krieken

    Whatever their constitution or the type of assessments they administer, it is a prime responsibility of all awarding bodies to engender public confidence in the standards of the qualifications they endorse, so that they have not only usefulness but credibility....

  2. Question choice in GCE Ordinary Level Chemistry: candidates’ perceptions

    John Francis and Stanley Owen

    The Ordinary Level examination in Chemistry (Syllabus 1) of the Associated Exam Board consists of two papers: a 60 item objective test and a written paper. The written paper contains nine questions, five of which must be attempted....

  3. Reliability of marking in eight GCE examinations

    Roger Murphy

    Eight recent GCE examinations, containing mainly free-response questions, were investigated in terms of their marking reliability....

  4. The comparability of onscreen and paper and pencil tests: no further research required?

    Christopher Wheadon

    This paper presents an analysis of the first national high-stakes on-screen assessments offered in the United Kingdom, and considers the research and policy agendas required to support their development and use alongside paper and pencil alternatives....

  5. Would the real gold standard please step forward?

    Jo-Anne Baird, Mike Cresswell and Paul Newton

    Debate about public examination standards has been a consistent feature of educational assessment in Britain over the past few decades....

  6. Measuring comparability of standards between subjects: why our statistical techniques do not make the grade

    Paul Newton

    In the past few years the examination boards in Britain have witnessed a renewed interest from external bodies in the notion of comparability of grading standards between different subjects....

  7. Examining standards over time

    Paul Newton

    Public examination results are used in a variety of ways and the ways in which they are used dictate the demands that society makes of them. Unfortunately, some of the uses to which British examination results are currently being put make unrealistic demands....

  8. Comparing examination standards: is a purely statistical approach adequate?

    Ben Jones

    There has recently been a renewed interest in three types of comparability of standards in the United Kingdom public examination system: between years, between subjects and between the six examination boards....