The A-level results came out on August 13th. In the absence of exams, they were estimated from several data sources using a fairly intelligent algorithm. Results were well up on last year, yet there were such howls of anguish that the government was forced into a humiliating policy U-turn four days later. What on earth went wrong?
In retrospect, we can see the algorithmic approach was doomed from the start. Let’s walk through this, taking a Continue reading →
I thought you might enjoy some of answers your student have been giving to the short-text questions in our J276 GCSE Practice Exam module.
Actually, I don’t know whose students these are. The students’ responses are completely anonymised when we see them. As the first results to each question come in, we analyse the performance of the auto-marking algorithm and tweak the scoring rubrics to improve performance. In the process, we discover that student humour is alive and well…
Describe the features of RAM. (2)
It can breed with sheep, they are fluffy and have Continue reading →
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The mainstay of most GCSE exams is the short-text question. For our new GCSE Practice Exams, we have developed a free-text marking engine that is robust enough to deal with real GCSE questions and, more importantly, real students. That system is now Continue reading →
All GCSE question types, including multiple choice, short-text and long-text
Instant, automatic marking
Student motivation features
Select questions by keyword, topic and difficulty
There is a huge pile of work to do between now and then. New software modules to be written – some of them using advanced AI. A whole authoring and editing process has to be created and populated with talented individuals. But there is nothing we’ve not done before. What this project does is for the first time pull together skills we have developed over the last 25 years into a single, amazing, product.