AQA hosts international symposium

Tuesday 25 Apr 2017

AQA joined forces with Ofqual, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA), and University College London (UCL) to host a ground-breaking three-day international symposium at Oxford’s Brasenose College.

The symposium explored how standards in national, school-leaving or university entrance exams are set and maintained across the world. This was a rare opportunity for experts from 20 countries to collaborate and share research expertise. Find out more about the case studies that were discussed during the symposium

It was held at the end of March and was part of a project led by AQA’s Head of Research, Dr Lena Gray, with Professor Jo-Anne Baird (chair of AQA’s Research Committee and Director of Oxford University’s Department of Education), Dr Tina Issacs (Programme Director for the MA in Educational Assessment, UCL) and Dennis Opposs (Standards Chair, Ofqual). The group was supported by Kristine Gorgen, Research Assistant at OUCEA.

The project, titled ‘Overcoming political and organisational barriers to international practitioner collaboration on national examination standard setting’, was recently approved as one of Oxford University’s Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Fellowships, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

The group will hold a public seminar called ‘Standards in national examinations – what do they mean?’ at the Oxford University Department of Education on 8 May 2017.