Quality control of marking: some models and simulations

As markers trade their pens for computers, new opportunities for monitoring and controlling marking quality are created. Item-level data may be collected and analysed throughout marking. The results can be used to alert marking supervisors to possible quality issues earlier than is currently possible, enabling investigations and interventions to be made in a more timely and efficient way. Such a quality control system requires a mathematical model that is robust enough to provide useful information with initially relatively sparse data, yet simple enough to be easily understood, easily implemented in software and computationally efficient – this last is important given the very large numbers of candidates assessed by Cambridge Assessment and the need for rapid analysis during marking. In the present paper we describe the models we have considered and give the results of an investigation into their utility using simulated data.

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