Technical strategy for assessment bodies – approaches to developing flexible, long term architectures to underpin assessment innovation

Technical strategy for assessment bodies – approaches to developing flexible, long term architectures to underpin assessment innovation

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Technical strategy for assessment bodies – approaches to developing flexible, long term architectures to underpin assessment innovation

Many of the most important innovations in assessment are being made possible through the deployment of technology. As well as the opportunities this represents, it brings challenges for assessment bodies for whom long term success will be determined in part by their ability to harness technology effectively. Success will in part be determined by an organisation’,sability to deploy the right technical systems for candidate registration, item authoring, test delivery, marking and results distribution and analysis. It is also critical that such systems are ,flexible and do not constrain the assessment organisation in the longer term as requirements evolve and change. This paper summarises the issues facing many exam boards working with legacy IT systems. Drawing on current projects, it sets out a strategic view of where assessment technology is heading and what flexible, component based assessment technology may look like, and how this approach will support assessment. It puts these developments in the context of wider work underway in the UK and US in relation to data exchange between educational IT systems, which points towards the emergence of an integration approach.RM Education plc is a provider of assessment technologies and services to multiple UK and ,international awarding bodies.

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