Your SlideShare is downloading. ×

Maintaining Standards


Published on

At the SSAT event Isabel Nisbet spoke of Ofqual's commitment to maintaining standards.

At the SSAT event Isabel Nisbet spoke of Ofqual's commitment to maintaining standards.

Published in: Education

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

No notes for slide
  • Transcript

    • 1. Ofqual: maintaining standards Isabel Nisbet Acting CEO, Ofqual SSAT, Leeds 6 February 2009
    • 2. Outline
      • What’s distinctive about Ofqual
      • The new Bill
      • Events – “SATs” and Lord Sutherland
      • Two themes
            • Technology and assessment
            • Reliability
    • 3. About Ofqual
          • Independent of Government and QCA
          • To ensure standards and confidence in qualifications, exams and tests
          • Launched (in shadow form) in April 08
          • Legislation in 08-09 session
          • Meantime distinct part of QCA
    • 4. How we want to work
          • Visibly
            • Summer exams and tests
            • Areas of legitimate debate – however uncomfortable
            • Not just when things go wrong
          • In collaboration
            • With users of qualifications and those whom we regulate
            • But no regulatory capture
    • 5. How we want to work
          • Expertly
            • Working with the assessment experts
            • Judgements based on evidence, not headlines
          • Engaging the public
            • Learners’ panels, open letters, discussion papers, blogs, listening…….
          • Rooting for the learner
            • Learners’ panels
    • 6. The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill
      • Published yesterday
      • Clear statutory objectives for Ofqual
            • Standards
            • Confidence
            • Awareness
            • Efficiency
          • Independence
            • Reporting to Parliament
          • Sharper powers
            • And we’ll use them if necessary
          • Statutory role to regulate National Curriculum Tests
    • 7. Events, dear boy, events
    • 8. Events, dear boy, events
    • 9. “ SATs” and Lord Sutherland
      • Tests are delivered by the Secretary of State, through the QCA
      • Ofqual regulates the delivery and quality of tests and results
      • A non-statutory role now, but provisions in the new Bill to make it statutory
      • QCA contracts with several organisations for:
            • Question-paper setting
            • Printing, transport etc
            • Delivery to schools
            • Marking and production of results
          • Ofqual’s role: to regulate in a way that assures that all aspects of tests are of an acceptable quality and delivered effectively
    • 10. What happened in 2008
      • Design delivery of tests papers and arrangements for sitting tests – all OK
      • Administration of marking and logistics of aggregation and collection of marks and return of results to schools – WENT WRONG – deadline for delivering results to schools was missed
      • Ofqual was tracking events and feeding back concerns to QCA
      • When it was clear that the deadline would be missed, Ofqual commissioned an independent inquiry (Lord Sutherland) – Government co-sponsored
      • Lord Sutherland asked to look at regulation too
      • Close tracking of closure of series and marking reviews
      • Overall judgement about quality of marking
    • 11. Lessons learned
      • Roles need to be clearer:
            • QCA
            • Contractors
            • Regulator
            • DCSF
      • Regulation needs to be more formalised
      • Need to have an end-to-end view of fragmented processes
      • Risks need to be managed better – but there will always be risks
    • 12. For 2009
      • No mandatory KS3 tests (but many schools using tests voluntarily)
      • New contractor to deliver KS2 test results (Edexcel)
      • Work with existing markers
      • Regular overviews by Ofqual
      • Meanwhile:
            • Pilots of Single Level Tests
            • Expert Group looking at KS3 (Ofqual submitted research evidence)
            • Commitment to modernisation of processes in future
    • 13. Ofqual’s in-tray
    • 14. A few pieces from the in-tray
      • Judging new entries to the system
            • New GCSEs for accreditation (English, Maths and ICT)
            • 2 nd phase of Diplomas
            • New organisations (including employers and colleges) wanting to award qualifications
          • This summer’s exams and tests
          • Qualifications market studies – fees and efficiency
          • Maintaining standards in new/changed qualifications
          • Preparing for independence
          • Completing the move to Coventry
    • 15. Regulatory principles for e-assessment
      • Validity and reliability
      • Security
      • Data integrity
      • Access to e-assessment
      • Business continuity and disaster recovery
      • Use of e-portfolios
    • 16. E-assessment: What the regulator can do
      • Clear regulatory principles engender the confidence for investment in technology to enhance qualifications 
      • Regulator can help take a leadership role in:
          • the appropriate application of technology
          • encouraging collaborative working
          • Stimulating innovation
          • shaping public perception
    • 17. Reliability – what the papers say Saturday, 31 January 2009
    • 18. Reliability - re-positioning the debate
      • Academic discussions of reliability
            • Need for empirical work
              • Examining consistency of outcomes across a range of tests/assessments
          • Questions about quality/accuracy of marking
            • Critiques of national curriculum assessments
            • Letters from teachers
            • Worries about internal assessment
          • The challenge of assessing learning in an applied context
            • WITH THE EXPERTS
            • WITH THE PUBLIC
    • 19. Our aims
      • To ensure:
      • that the qualifications market is fit for purpose
      • that qualifications, exams and tests are fair
      • that standards are secure
      • that public confidence is sustained
      • that the interests of learners are paramount.
    • 20. Outline
      • What’s distinctive about Ofqual
      • The new Bill
      • Events – “SATs” and Lord Sutherland
      • Two themes
            • Technology and assessment
            • Reliability
    • 21. Conclusions
      • Ofqual: independent, about standards and confidence
      • The new Bill will give us the tools to do our job
      • Shining light on the difficult issues
            • Technology in assessment
            • Reliability
          • CHALLENGE US – we’re up for it
    • 22.
      • Thank you
      • [email_address]