Assessment training: Basic statistics

Assessment training: Basic statistics

Speakers: Dr Joanna Williamson (Senior Research Officer)
Date: 22 Jan 2020 Venue: Cambridge Assessment The Triangle Building, Shaftesbury Road Cambridge CB2 8EA
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Type: Training event Fee: £90.00

This training event introduces the key terms in statistics and how they are used in assessment.

Workshop outline

You'll learn about basic summary statistics, such as the mean, mode, median, range and standard deviation. You'll also look at graphical ways of displaying data, such as frequency distributions, cumulative frequency curves, histograms and boxplots, and will have an opportunity to explore the properties of the normal distribution curve. 

Key learning outcomes

  • Feel confident understanding key statistical terms
  • Know how to use basic statistics to answer questions about assessment data
  • Be able to draw conclusions from statistics and graphs commonly found in assessment contexts

Joanna is an excellent speaker and is very knowledgeable in her field. She presents the most complex tasks in a clear way which is easy to understand."

Intended audience

This training event is for people with little or no knowledge of statistics. Delegates from various backgrounds are welcome. (Including teachers, assessors and school management staff as well as assessment professionals – if “little or no knowledge of statistics” applies.)



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We also offer a training workshop on Intermediate statistics in practice, that you may prefer if you wish to build upon your knowledge of basic statistics.

Course trainer

Joanna Williamson - Research OfficerDr Joanna Williamson is a Senior Research Officer at Cambridge Assessment, working in the Educational Measurement team. Her research projects use statistical analyses of assessment data to look at questions such as the impact of AS and A Level reform, the effects of mark scheme differences, and relationships between students’ school qualifications and their progression to further/higher education and employment.

Joanna holds an MMath in Mathematics, and also a PGCE, from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Southampton.

The Triangle Building, Shaftesbury Road Cambridge CB2 8EA

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