OfQual Insights: More thoughts on exams.

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This week I met Glenys Stacey, the CEO of OfQual.  She’d invited me to share views about aspects of the examination system.  I had previously met Amanda Spielman, the Chair of OfQual – where she offered advice on our Baccalaureate model.   OfQual leaders are keen to engage in dialogue with people in the profession, not least so that they have opportunities to explain their work.   (Some of my ideas about exams are summarised and compiled in this post: Exam Reform: A blog manifesto. )

Some of the things I’ve had a chance to discuss include:

  • The issues surrounding marking and grading; error margins, variation across subjects, cliff-edges, the merits of points or grades systems; the variation in grade widths within and across subjects
  • The statistical processes used to ensure comparability between different Boards, across subjects and between years
  • The mechanics of grade inflation and possible solutions to tackle…

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