GCSEs and A-levels 'will be taken online within 10 years'
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Friday 20 September 2013
All public examinations - including GCSEs and A-levels - will be taken online within the next decade, an independent education chief is forecasting.
The prediction will come from David Hancock, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, when he addresses its annual conference next week.
Mr Hancock, whose members are already piloting their own online version of national tests, will tell his members that the current examination is “not fit for purpose”.
He will argue that ministers were only “tinkering at the edge” of the system and that Glenys Stacey, chief executive of the exams regulator Ofqual, was “trying to make sense of a system that is deeply flawed”.
Marking standards were unreliable and a costly cumbersome procedure had to be set up to make sure competing examination boards were offering qualifications of the same standard.
He said ministers would conclude that the best way to counter-act that would be to set up a national assessment authority offering a national standard of examinations. All could be sat and marked online to a common standard. In subjects that involved practical work - like art - the theory could be done online with the practical marked by the teacher. If there was a wide discrepancy between the two marks, a moderator could be sent in to look at the practical results..
Simon Lebus, group chief executive of Cambridge Assessment, said: “There is more to this than converting a question paper into an e-paper.”
Questions had to be asked like whether the change would improve assessment and give a more authentic picture of what the student knew and understood - plus what effect it would have on the less digitally competent.
Marking and grading had been almost entirely switched over to technological platforms over the past decade - with a significant improvement in quality.
“Nevertheless, we believe we will see slow migration to e-assessment in high stakes exams,” he said. “However, we have got to understand that the process will be evolutionary in that different subjects are likely to migrate at different times.”
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wedding: The famous congratulate actor and human rights lawyer after Venice nuptials
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- 1 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 3 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
- 4 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- < Previous
- Next >
Negotiable: Randstad Education Reading: Maths Teacher required to teach Furthe...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Primary teachers requ...
£100 - £110 per day: Randstad Education Group: Science Supply Teacher position...
£60 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Randstad Education is recruiting ...