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Feb 16, 2010

DRS e-Marker® hits Africa

DRS e-Marker® has been successfully piloted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC), in the first use of the education data capture specialist’s electronic examination marking solution across Africa.  The pilot involved the marking of 1,300 student scripts over three subjects – Agricultural Science, Biology and Economics.

As well as item-based marking, the pilot included new e-Marker® techniques for the marking of Long Form Answers (LFA).  These are typically essay type answers which are written free format in answer booklets.

In addition to providing the e-Marker® technology for the pilot, DRS developed a comprehensive training program including in-depth training to 35 markers, both in the UK and onsite in Nigeria, in the use of e-Marker® and how to manage the roll out of the solution to their own markers using the product.

Electronic marking provides greater accuracy of marking and quality control, improves speed of mark transmission, improves management data and improves post examination data analysis.  It streamlines the process for examiners, releasing them from many of the administrative functions of the conventional system and allowing them to concentrate on the key task – accurate and efficient marking.  Electronic marking also enables enhanced checking and quality control, which has a direct impact on the accuracy of the marking process.

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.

Tony Lee, chief executive at DRS, comments: “There is no doubt that a move towards electronic marking has been instrumental in improved accuracy within the UK marking process.  Given that all students’ futures depend on the accuracy of exam marking, we see the international roll out of DRS e-Marker® as vital for ongoing improvement in the examination process.”

Additional Information

DRS global e-Marker® solutions have been used by the Caribbean Examinations Council, Centralna Komisja Egzaminacyjna in Poland, and soon to be piloted in the Far East.  The UK’s largest awarding body, AQA, has been using e-Marker® since 2003.

DRS has the skills and expertise to manage data capture projects of any size or complexity around the world. Specialising in examination and assessment services, electronic marking and student attendance and registration solutions, DRS has four decades experience in managing complex educational data capture projects.

e-Marker® is designed to enable examination and assessment bodies to capitalise on improving quality through the flexibility that marking from image brings.  Approaches to marking that are impossible to implement at scale from paper-based marking are now made available through e-Marker®.

Complete solutions are implemented using the Company’s extensive expertise in innovative technologies, award winning scanning and image capture scanners, software, document design, printing, logistics, project management and consultancy.  Visitwww.drs.co.uk for more details.

For more information please contact:
Katie McBreen or Richard McCann
Friday’s Media Group, 18 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QL
Telephone: 0845 500 1140