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  1. Awarding in the 21st century- a virtual model

    Lesley Meyer, Jo-Anne Baird, Neil Stringer, Lynne O'Sullivan and Carolyn Adams

    Awarding meetings are essentially unchanged since their inception, with Senior examiners coming together to look at statistical information and candidates' work....

  2. Exploring second phase samples: what is the most appropriate basis for examiner adjustments?

    Lucy Billington

    In the UK, examination boards monitor the quality of their examiners’ marking by sampling their work (scripts) at two different points during the marking period....

  3. A feasibility study on anonymised marking in large-scale public examinations

    Jo-Anne Baird and Neil Bridle

    Names of centres were removed from summer 2000 GCSE and A level examiners’ stationery as part of a Department for Education and Employment initiative....

  4. Evaluation of the February 2008 confirmation method awarding trial

    Chloe Davenport

    This report presents the findings of the Confirmation Method awarding trial carried out on four subjects in the February 2008 series....

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

    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....

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

    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+....

  7. Using adaptive comparative judgement to obtain a highly reliable rank order in summative assessment

    Claire Whitehouse and Alastair Pollitt

    Adaptive Comparative Judgment (ACJ) offers an alternative to marking, especially for performance assessments for which achievement can be difficult to describe in mark schemes. The ACJ system uses a web-browser to deliver pairs of candidates’ work to judges....

  8. Carry on examining: further investigation

    Kate Tremain

    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....