Maintaining comparability of results when GCSEs go digital - A reflection on lessons learnt from PISA

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Date: 17 May 2022 Venue: Online
Time: 16:30 - 17:45
Type: Seminar Fee: Free

Assessments across the world are increasingly moving to a digital format. Such a transition from standard pen-and-paper assessments offers important advantages, including efficiencies in marking and delivery and in potentially tailoring test materials to better measure individual abilities. 

Yet there are important challenges to overcome when this transition is made, including maintaining comparability of test scores and grades over time. With increasing interest in digital GCSEs, England may soon need to tackle this challenge with one of its key high-stakes exams. 

At this Cambridge Assessment Network seminar, Professor John Jerrim will draw upon his experience from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015, when this international assessment made a similar change from pen-and-paper to digital assessment. 

Professor Jerrim will reflect upon what he believes the OECD got right about managing this transition, and the lessons we can learn for when GCSEs eventually go digital.

He will be joined by Tim Oates CBE, Director of Assessment Research and Development to discuss what could have been done better, and more transparently, and how we can take these lessons forward.

You are invited to listen, ask questions and share insights with professionals from the education community around the world.

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This live event will be recorded, if you are unable to attend please register and we will notify you when the recorded version becomes available.

About Cambridge Assessment Network seminars

Our seminars are an important part of what we do as the Assessment Network. Through inviting authoritative voices in education to share their expertise, our aim is to inform and stimulate debate on current issues in assessment and education policy.

As well as boosting your CPD, these free events are an opportunity to ask questions and share insights with other professionals from the wider education community and around the world!

Our speaker

John Jerrim is a Professor of Education and Social Statistics at the University College London Institute of Education. He completed his PhD in social statistics at the University of Southampton in 2011 and was awarded an ESRC research scholarship to complete his doctorate.

He is a significant contributor to the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a tri-annual assessment that draws comparisons between the attainment and social mobility of students by country. 

Professor Jerrim has undertaken research into cross-generational social mobility and inequality in education and has applied his research into the high performance of students from international countries to the challenges faced by the UK's education system. 

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