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What makes great assessment?

Tim Oates asks what makes great assessment? What are the current and foreseeable assessment challenges and uncertainties facing educators? What action can the profession take to address these challenges?

Reforms, resits and 'good' passes

Paul Steer comments on the challenges of reforming functional skills, what a 'good pass' will look like at GCSE following the 9-1 reforms, and the 'heavily criticised' maths and English resit policy.

Assessment from a social perspective

Martin Johnson from our research division writes about the Association for Educational Assessment-Europe (AEA-Europe) annual conference, held recently in Cyprus.

Data Bytes - Tweeting about exams

At what time of day were the most exam-related tweets sent this summer? New research from our Data and Analytics team reveals the trend behind this phenomena.

The last word

Paul Steer comments on some of the issues featured in the latest issue of OCR's Policy Briefing.

Just like Goldilocks, exam questions should be 'just right'

Exam question changes in the past two decades have often been made for clarity and "accessibility", says Tim Oates. But A-level questions from decades ago now available on the web, are proving that there is still a huge appetite for demanding physics.


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