Examination Standards

How measures and meanings differ around the world

Paperback / softback, 390 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
10 Sep 2018

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An international team of authorities in the field of standard setting discuss what standard setting is and should be. Their accounts of a representative selection of jurisdictions (Chile, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Queensland, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States) are accompanied by lively critical commentaries from other experts in this domain. Together, the editors challenge the notion that there is a single superior way of thinking about national examinations, and instead encourage educators and policymakers to engage with the multiple perspectives offered here, and to consider carefully the complex issues raised.

  • Jo-Anne Baird

    Jo-Anne Baird is Director of the Department of Education at Oxford University and a member of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA).

  • Tina Isaacs

    Tina Isaacs is an Honorary Associate Professor in Educational Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education.

  • Dennis Opposs

    Dennis Opposs is Standards Chair at the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

  • Lena Gray

    Lena Gray is Director of Research at the Centre for Education Research and Practice at AQA, England’s largest GCSE and A-level exam board.

PART ONE: Researching National Examination Standards
1 The Standard Setting Project: Assessment paradigms
– Jo-Anne Baird and Dennis Opposs
2 Researching national examination standards: Our methods
– Lena Gray
3 Researching national examination standards as an insider
– Lena Gray
4 What is standard setting? – Dennis Opposs and
Kristine Gorgen
PART TWO: Case Studies
CHILE Alejandra Osses and María Leonor Varas, with María Teresa Flórez
Petour and Francisco Javier Gil Llambías
ENGLAND Rachel Taylor and Dennis Opposs, with Mary Richardson
and Peter Tymms
FRANCE Roger-François Gauthier, with Jean-Pierre Jeantheau
and Sandra Johnson
GEORGIA Natia Andguladze and Iwa Mindadze, with Steven Bakker
and Gordon Stobart
IRELAND Hugh McManus, with Áine Hyland and Michael O’Leary
QUEENSLAND Matthew Campbell, with Graham S. Maxwell and Joshua McGrane
SOUTH AFRICA Emmanuel Sibanda, with Sarah Howie and Anil Kanjee
SWEDEN Christina Wikström and A. Lind Pantzare, with Gudrun Erickson
and Jan-Eric Gustafsson
UNITED STATES Deanna L. Morgan, with Eva L. Baker and Betsy Brown Ruzzi
PART THREE: Differing Measures and Meanings
1 The meaning of national examination standards – Jo-Anne Baird
2 Culture, context and controversy in setting national examination standards
– Tina Isaacs and Kristine Gorgen
3 Setting standards in national examinations: what we have learnt – Tina Isaacs