Sylvia Vitello

Sylvia Vitello

Here at Cambridge Assessment I conduct research into various areas of education and assessment for different types and levels of study. I use a range of methods including statistical analyses, questionnaires, interviews and literature reviews. My projects have looked at marking reliability, progression to university, tiering at GCSE, gender differences, and comparisons between academic and vocational qualifications. I am currently researching effects of the recent reforms to AS/A Level on students and centres as well as analysing uptake of and performance in vocational qualifications.

I came to Cambridge Assessment from a psychology background, having completed a BSc in Psychology and a PhD in Experimental Psychology both from University College London. My PhD focused on the cognitive neuroscience of language processing.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with family and friends.

Publications

2018

Effects of AS/A level reforms in England: extra insights from the National Pupil Database
Vitello, S. and Williamson, J. (2018). Effects of AS/A level reforms in England: extra insights from the National Pupil Database. Presented at the International Association for Educational Assessment, Oxford, UK, 9-14 September 2018.
Vocational qualifications for 14-16 year olds: Exploration of knowledge, skills and teacher perceptions
Vitello. S. and Child, S. (2018). Vocational qualifications for 14-16 year olds: Exploration of knowledge, skills and teacher perceptions. Presented at the 5th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training, London, UK, 5-6 July 2018.
AS level trends 2017

Vitello, S. and Williamson, J. (2018). Cambridge Assessment Research Report. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Assessment.

The effect of adaptivity on the reliability coefficient in adaptive comparative judgement.

Bramley, T. and Vitello, S. (2018). The effect of adaptivity on the reliability coefficient in adaptive comparative judgement.  Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice (ahead of print).

Which tier? Effects of linear assessment and student characteristics on GCSE entry decisions
Vitello, S. and Crawford, C. (2018). Which tier? Effects of linear assessment and student characteristics on GCSE entry decisions. British Educational Research Journal (ahead of print).

2017

The effect of adaptivity on the reliability coefficient in comparative judgement
Vitello, S. and Bramley, T. (2017). Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Educational Assessment - Europe, Prague, 9-11 November 2017.
Internal versus external assessment in vocational qualifications: a commentary on the government’s reforms in England
Vitello, S. and Williamson, J. (2017). Internal versus external assessment in vocational qualifications: a commentary on the government’s reforms in England.  London Review of Education, 15(3), 536-548.
Foundation or higher tier? Effects of moving from a modular to linear system of GCSE assessment
Vitello, S. and Crawford, C. (2017). Presented at the annual conference of the British Educational Research Association, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 5-7 September 2017.

2016

Research Matters Special Issue 4: Aspects of Writing 1980-2014
Elliott, G., Green, S., Constantinou, F., Vitello, S., Chambers, L., Rushton, N., Ireland, J., Bowyer, J. and Beauchamp, D. (2016). Research Matters Special Issue 4: Aspects of Writing 1980-2014.
Employers' views on assessment design in vocational qualifications: a preliminary study
Vitello, S., Carroll, P., Greatorex, J. and Ireland, J. (2016). Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Dublin, Ireland, 23-26 August 2016.

2015

Gender differences in GCSE
Bramley, T., Vidal Rodeiro, C.L. and Vitello, S. (2015) Cambridge Assessment Research Report. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Assessment.
Linking instructional verbs from assessment criteria to mode of assessment
Greatorex, J., Ireland, J., Carroll, P. and Vitello. S. (2015) Paper presented at the Journal for Vocational Educational and Training (JVET) conference, Oxford, 3-5 July 2015.

Research Matters

Research Matters

Research Matters is our free biannual publication which allows us to share our assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community.