International debate

30 May 2007

International delegates had the chance to debate the role and responsibilities of public examinations providers in today’s society, at a tailored study programme in May.

The two-week programme, hosted by The Cambridge Assessment Network, was attended by senior education professionals from across the world.

Andrew Watts, The Cambridge Assessment Network Director, said: "Although we had delegates from several different countries, they had many interesting concerns in common. Some of the most popular sessions were those on: e-assessment, standardisation of examiners, an item-based approach to question paper production and school-based assessment."

Key issues addressed included: what stakeholders need and require; how to fulfi l responsibilities regarding accountability and the impact of assessment in society; where to make radical changes to improve quality and effectiveness; compromise - if so, why and when; and how new technologies can help.

The Cambridge Assessment Network will offer the programme again next year. For more information, please email the Cambridge Assessment Network.