||02 Mar 2021
Grading is the process of setting thresholds, boundaries or cut-off scores to recognise how well a candidate has performed in assessments for a particular syllabus. In order for these grades to be valid, we need to make sure that they are reliable and can be compared across subjects and years. In this interactive workshop, we will explore different approaches to grading and how these can be applied in your own context.
The workshop is aimed at those who are familiar with the processes involved in assessment, for example the use of question papers, marking and reporting outcomes to candidates. This could be teachers with an interest in understanding how their candidates’ grades are determined or those working at awarding organisations who want to understand the different ways to approach this process.
If you are new to the grading process, or have limited experience, this workshop will give you everything you need to get going. Or if you are more experienced and want to refresh your skills this workshop will increase your understanding of the underpinning principles and boost confidence in your practice.
This workshop will explore the different ways to set a grading standard and how to maintain this standard. You will explore when these different approaches to setting a grading standard can be used, and some of the challenges each approach raises.
By the end of the workshop you will have a greater understanding of the principles underpinning the grading process and have had an opportunity to apply these through practical exercises to support your understanding. You will also take away resources to support you in applying the learning to your own context.
Key learning outcomes
By the end of the workshop you will have:
- An understanding about what grading is, and why it is used
- Learned about the different approaches to setting and maintaining a grading standard and have an opportunity to apply these to your own work
- Engaged with the opportunities and challenges raised by the different approaches
Rachel Bateman has been a Senior Assessment Advisor in the Assessment Standards and Quality team at Cambridge Assessment International Education for four years. She works with grading, syllabus development and coursework and moderation for syllabuses across the organisation. Before this, Rachel was a Product Manager at Cambridge International, working closely with IGCSE First Language English. Before joining Cambridge Assessment, Rachel trained as an English teacher and led a department at a secondary school.