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Dec 10, 2008

Polish awarding body delegation visits Milton Keynes based DRS

A Polish delegation was in Milton Keynes last week to learn how a move towards electronic marking has been instrumental in improved accuracy within the UK examination marking process.  The delegation, which consisted of eight regional award body directors from Polish examination board, Centralna Komisja Egzaminacyjna (CKE), as well as the director of CKE himself, visited education data capture specialists, DRS to hear of the company’s extensive experience in the examination field.

The visit, which was organised by the British Council, followed CKE’s successful pilot of DRS’ electronic examination marking solution, e-Marker® in October this year.  DRS e-Marker® offers a variety of modular and scalable electronic marking methods for awarding, assessment and professional bodies.  Designed to add value, enable results to be available quicker and improve accuracy and reliability of examination marking, e Marker® harnesses the power of real-time, award winning image capture scanners, specialist bureau services – either in-country or at DRS – and sophisticated software delivered across the internet, to securely capture item-level responses and marks from examiners.

Denton van Niekerk, sales and marketing director at DRS comments: “This was an important visit for both CKE and DRS as it demonstrates best practice examination and assessment marking processes being applied in Poland. It also marks the start of an international roll out of DRS e Marker® solutions to improve standards in examination marking around the globe.”

Visit www.drs.co.uk for more details.

DRS Press Office contact: 
Katie McBreen or Jill Hawkins
Friday’s Media Group, 18 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QL
Telephone: 0207 851 4657


Additional Information

DRS has the skills and expertise to manage data capture projects of any size or complexity around the world. Specialising in examination and assessment processing, electronic marking and student attendance and registration solutions, DRS has almost four decades experience in managing complex educational data capture projects. Complete solutions are implemented using the Company’s extensive expertise in document design, printing, award winning scanning and image capture technologies, software, logistics, project management and consultancy.

DRS’ customer base spans over 50 countries worldwide. Its core business is essentially large volume, time critical, complex and sensitive data capture projects such as e-counting (electronic vote counting), national electoral registration, examination processing and population census projects.

Established in 1969, DRS has nearly 40 years experience in providing solutions for data capture problems all over the world through its range of automated data capture solutions.

DRS manufactures and distributes its own range of OMR (Optical Mark Readers) and Imaging OMRs, as well as providing ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition) technology, all of which is designed to electronically capture a wide variety of data.  It also provides associated services including project management, software, training and full technical support and back-up.

In addition to the technology, DRS also offers its customers a full bureau service specialising in managing large volume, time critical and complex projects. Services offered include project management, design, print and personalisation of forms, distribution and receipt of completed forms right through to automatically capturing the data using its own automated data capture technology.

DRS was awarded the 2002 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in April 2002. The award demonstrates DRS’ achievements in substantial and sustained growth and commercial success in overseas trade, particularly in the field of worldwide national electoral registration, examination processing and population census work.

DRS is an Investor in People, first obtaining the award in 1996.