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Dr Thomas Christie


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Presentation given by Dr Thomas Christie, Director, Aga Khan University Examination Board on July 15,2011 at WORLD EDUCATION SUMMIT ( in the School Education Track: LOCALISED LEARNING IN A GLOBALISED CONTExT: CAPACITy BUILDING, CONTENT AND TRAINING OF TRAINERS

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Dr Thomas Christie

  1. 1. Bringing the Best of National Qualifications<br />
  2. 2. Deriving Local Solutions from Global Data: Three Radical SuggestionsDr. Thomas ChristieAga Khan University-Examination Board<br />
  3. 3. The Opportunity<br />Examination boards hold more data on the performance of the educational system than any other source.<br />The examination boards remain unexamined<br />
  4. 4. Radical Suggestion (1)<br />Add columns not rows.<br />Question totals tell us more than person totals.<br />The deeper the mine, the more valuable the data.<br />
  5. 5. Radical Suggestion (2)<br />Discount central tendencies: Search for ‘Outliers’.<br /><ul><li>Ask Microsoft Excel for Block and Whisker graphs.
  6. 6. But only after computing value-added.</li></li></ul><li>Radical Suggestion (3)<br />Go and talk to the ‘Outliers’. They know something you don’t. <br />Better still eavesdrop while they talk to each other.<br />
  7. 7. F U S E D<br />In AKU-EB we see these suggestions as coming together in<br />Formative<br />Uses of <br />Summative<br />Examination<br />Data<br />
  8. 8. Thank You<br />