Marker ‘fatigue’ and marking reliability in Hong Kong’s Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers of English (LPATE)

Marker ‘fatigue’ and marking reliability in Hong Kong’s Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers of English (LPATE)

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Marker ‘fatigue’ and marking reliability in Hong Kong’s Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers of English (LPATE)

An increasing number of examination bodies around the world are replacing paperbased ,marking with onscreen marking (OSM), a system in which marking is done on computers. OSM has been used for the LPATE since 2008 and is being introduced for all public examinations in Hong Kong in 2012. The change to OSM has occasioned discussion of the possible consequences for marking reliability, particularly with regard to the question of whether marker ‘,fatigue’, results from having to mark on a computer in a marking centre. This paper explores the issue of marker fatigue among markers of the written papers of the LPATE, a standards-referenced assessment which assesses the English proficiency of those who wish to teach English in Hong Kong schools, and administered by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA). It presents data from the HKEAA’,s OSM system on the variability of marking in different marking periods. The study concludes that, while there is some evidence of marker ,fatigue, there is no concrete evidence of adverse fatigue effects.

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