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Comparing examination standards without graded candidate scripts

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posted on 2022-09-15, 13:37 authored by Ian JonesIan Jones, Colin FosterColin Foster, Jodie Hunter

Comparative judgement methods are commonly used to explore standards in examination papers over time. However, studies are limited by a paucity of graded candidate scripts from previous years, as well as the expense and time required to standardise scripts. We present three studies that attempted, without the use of graded candidate scripts, to replicate and extend previous results about standards in mathematics examination papers. We found that re-typesetting examination papers into a consistent format was necessary, but that comparative judgement of examination papers without an archive of graded candidate scripts offered a reliable and efficient method for revealing relative demand over time. Our approach enables standards comparison where previously this was not possible. We found a reasonable correlation between judgments of actual student scripts and judgments of the items only, meaning that conclusions may be drawn about the demand of examination papers even when graded candidate scripts are not available.

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School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

European Journal of Mathematics and Science Education

Volume

3

Issue

2

Pages

79 - 90

Publisher

Eurasian Society of Educational Research

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by the Eurasian Society of Educational Research under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2022-08-03

Publication date

2022-12-15

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

2694-2003

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Colin Foster. Deposit date: 9 August 2022

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