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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.

'M' is for metric

Paul Steer, OCR Director of Policy and Strategy, on measuring how our education system performs.

Prison education in the spotlight

Virtually every prison in the country uses OCR qualifications – vocational or academic. Here, Robert Mills, OCR's expert in adult and juvenile prison education, outlines his key principles of prison reform and we hear from Stephanie Dowen at HMP Oakwood.

Are we becoming slaves to standardised testing?

Taking part in a panel debate at the Global Educational Skills Forum in Dubai, Simon Lebus opposed the motion - 'This house believes we are becoming slaves to testing and standardised assessment'

Life goes on

How two schools in Sierra Leone are getting back to normal after the devastating impact of the Ebola virus.

Are past paper questions always useful?

Teachers constantly refer to the importance of past paper questions as an integral part of the resourcing of their teaching and learning, but are they useful when taken out of context?


Achieve

Achieve spring 2014 Cover

Our newsletter Achieve gives you a snapshot of the work we have carried out worldwide during the last few months.