My experience of comparative judgement


Last year, I agreed to take part in a comparative judgement exercise using the No More Marking software.  The exercise involved comparing Year 7 history essays on the Battle of Hastings.  My school contributed half the essays, with the other half being supplied by a school one hundred miles away, which I had never visited and of which I had no knowledge.  (The relevance of this will become clear later.)  Once the essays are scanned into the No More Marking software, it displays two at a time for each of the people doing the judging.  The only question you need to answer is: ‘Which essay is better?’.  You click on the essay you think to be the best, and two more essays are displayed.  The process continues until you have judged each of the essays many times, each essay being judged against many other different essays.  The others doing the…

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