I have an interest in effective assessment at both secondary school level and at university. I have been involved in assessment for over 10 years holding various examining positions up to Principal Examiner. These have predominantly been for Geography qualifications as well as Pakistan Studies, Bangladesh Studies and General Studies.
I have also worked on the other side of the examining business as a Qualifications Manager for an awarding organisation. It is often overlooked the immense amount of work that goes into producing an exam paper (and to successfully ensure that exam results are produced on time). The process is briefly outlined in this TES article, but in reality the creation of exam papers takes many people and hundreds of hours. At university the process is a little different but the importance of ensuring effective assessment remains vital.
As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors I recognise the importance of assessment within teaching and learning, as well as the importance of the professionalisation of the position of examiners. In an effort to continue to develop my expertise in this area I have undertaken training courses each year around different aspects of assessment including:
- Concepts and Contexts of Assessment
- Effective question writing
- Creating multiple choice exams
- Mark scheme design
- Innovative assessment design
- Formative and summative assessments
- Managing a team of examiners
- Ensuring consistency in marking