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Item level examiner agreement

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Raikes, Nick 
Massey, Alf 


Studies of inter-examiner reliability in GCSE and A-level examinations have been reported in the literature, but typically these focused on paper totals, rather than item marks. See, for example, Newton (1996). Advances in technology, however, mean that increasingly candidates' scripts are being split by item for marking, and the item-level marks are routinely collected. In these circumstances there is increased interest in investigating the extent to which different examiners agree at item level, and the extent to which this varies according to the nature of the item. Here we report and comment on intraclass correlations between examiners marking sample items taken from GCE A-level and IGCSE examinations in a range of subjects. The article is based on a paper presented at the 2006 Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association.



Marking, Examination statistics

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Research Matters

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Research Division, Cambridge University Press & Assessment

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