ERIC Number: ED068484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Teachers' Experience of School Based Examining (English and Physics). Examinations Bulletin No. 15.
Schools Council, London (England).
Teachers of fifth-grade English and physics courses in three schools conducted an experiment that focused on methods of assessment. The objects of the experiment were (1) to reveal problems which arise in making internal assessments, and (2) to search for and apply efficient, economical, and acceptable methods of assessment which might be of general interest and value. The process of assessment was composed of two stages: within-school assessment of all candidates, and inter-school assessment of a sample of candidates. In the assessment, grades were obtained from the students in three ways: written work, oral English, and coursework. The more experimental aspects of the study concerned (1) the timing of a paper, (2) the marking of a paper, and (3) the scrutiny of the grades. Results show the reliability of assessment made by experienced teachers; there was little variation among the grades awarded by the internal examiners to any one candidate in any one section. Appendices to Part 1: English, provide written papers, grades, and agreement trials; Appendices to Part 2: Physics, are papers and candidates' observations, and grades; and Appendices to Part 3: Continuous Assessment of Physics, are examples of the course work, and grades. It is concluded that (1) teachers can produce assessments that are as valid and reliable as any externally produced examination; (2) it is an advantage if schools can organize a system of internal assessment. (DB)
Descriptors: Bulletins, Educational Research, English, Evaluation Methods, Grade 5, Physics, Speech Skills, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Test Construction, Test Results, Tests, Writing Skills
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Authoring Institution: Schools Council, London (England).