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  1. Stretch and challenge in A-level examinations: teachers’ views of the new assessments

    Jo-Anne Baird, Anthony Daly, Kate Tremain and Michelle Meadows

    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....

  2. Measures of examiner job satisfaction as predictors of intention to continue examining

    Michelle Meadows

    To inform the retention of current examiners and the recruitment of new examiners, a survey of examiners’ attitudes to examining was conducted....

  3. Teacher moderation systems

    Martin Taylor

    In most current GCE, VCE, GCSE and GNVQ specifications, coursework comprises one or more defined tasks (either set by the awarding body or based on criteria defined by the awarding body) and is marked by centres....

  4. An evaluation of a prototype feedback tool for teachers

    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....

  5. Assessment reform: students' and teachers' responses to the introduction of stretch and challenge at A-level

    Anthony Daly, Jo-Anne Baird, Suzanne Chamberlain and Michelle Meadows

    This paper describes an exploration into a reform of the A-level qualification in England in 2008; namely, the introduction of the ‘stretch and challenge’ policy....

  6. 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....

  7. Communication strategies for enhancing qualification users' understanding of educational assessment: recommendations from other public interest fields

    Suzanne Chamberlain

    The outcomes of national assessments in many countries provide 'qualifications' or 'credentials' that may be used to define the levels of students' knowledge and skills, for their own use and that of employers, higher education institutions and others....


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