Research and analysis

Assessment functioning of external assessments

An overview of the functioning of vocational and technical qualifications: assessments in 27 qualifications and 49 units.


Vocational and Technical Qualifications: Assessment Functioning of external assessments An overview of the functioning of assessments in 27 qualifications and 49 units (Black, He and Holmes, 2017)

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This report provides an overview of the technical functioning of 49 external tests, or units, from 27 qualifications, which are on or going onto Department for Education performance tables.

Overall, we found that the majority of tests functioned well or reasonably well. However, there were some tests which had poor functioning either because too many items within the test had poor functioning or because the test design was below optimal.

Awarding organisations must have due regard to credible evidence which suggests that a change in its approach to the development, delivery and award of qualifications is required in order to ensure that the approach remains appropriate.

Each awarding organisation received an overall report summarising how their units performed in relation to the other tests, as well as a report for each test included in the research.

Published 21 November 2017