Public perceptions of unreliability in examination results in England: a new perspective

Public perceptions of unreliability in examination results in England: a new perspective

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Public perceptions of unreliability in examination results in England: a new perspective

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England is carrying out a two year research programme investigating the reliability of results from national tests and public examinations. One strand of the programme is to gauge public perceptions of unreliability in examination results. Based on findings from previous qualitative studies involving the use of workshops and focus groups, a further quantitative study on public perceptions of reliability using anonline questionnaire survey was conducted. The questionnaire was structured into five distinctive topics to measure different aspects of respondents', knowledge of and attitudes towards unreliability in examination results. Respondents were sampled from three key stakeholder groups: A level teachers, A level students aged 16-18, and employers. Substantial variability exists in the understanding ofreliability concepts and attitudes to unreliability among the respondents. The level of tolerance of the respondents for measurement uncertainty to some degree was correlated to the level of belief about the ,examinations system, knowledge of aspects of unreliability and approaches to trust.

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