ERIC Number: ED068483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Certificate of Secondary Education Trial Examinations: Written English. Examinations Bulletin No. 16.
Schools Council, London (England).
The efficiency of three written papers dealing with essay writing, comprehension, and literature papers as a test of English ability was assessed in a trial examination administered to 182 boys and 216 girls, all of whom were 16 years of age. Criterion was established on the basis of teachers' assessments of six essays written by the students during a previous four-month period. The trial examination writing was assessed using a multiple marking method, with four markers providing their impressions of the student's performance; the marks were then pooled. The agreement between markers was low for the essay paper, higher for the comprehension, and highest for literature. The final correlation, that of the examination as a whole with the criterion, was .751. Thus, it is concluded that the trial examination provided no ramarkable improvement over previous Examinations in English. The trial did, however, prove that the multiple marking method can be used in this type of examination. Results of the test show that there is a variability in performance of the students that appears to be a characteristic of the boys and girls themselves. It appears that the most reliable assessment of performance in written English was gathered by a process of continuous assessment by the teacher over a period of time, these marks being moderated by an external examiner. Appendixes provide the criterion, the trial examination, and English (Syllabus A) Paper set in the first Southern Regional Examinations Board's examination for CSE May 1965. (DB)
Descriptors: Bulletins, Educational Research, English, Evaluation Methods, Grading, Secondary School Students, Statistical Analysis, Tables (Data), Teacher Role, Test Construction, Test Results, Test Validity, Testing Programs, Writing Skills
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Authoring Institution: Schools Council, London (England).