DRS e-Marker® pilot in the Caribbean

Jun 19, 2014, 09:08 AM
Following an introduction at the IAEA conference in 2008, The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), contacted DRS to review its current examinations processes and identify areas where the use of new technologies could provide efficiency gains. This resulted in a pilot of e-Marker® in July 2009 with new marking processes trialled, as well as additional functionality to support the training and standardisation of markers.

CXC is pleased to work with DRS on its pilot project

Following an introduction at the IAEA conference in 2008, The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), contacted DRS to review its current examinations processes and identify areas where the use of new technologies could provide efficiency gains. This resulted in a pilot of e-Marker® in July 2009 with new marking processes trialled, as well as additional functionality to support the training and standardisation of markers.

As part of the exercise, DRS trained 27 administrators, 9 senior markers and 15 markers across 4 subjects - English, Maths, Spanish and Biology. The pilot was delivered across two visits to CXC. First a process review was conducted and fully documented during a week in June 2009 by DRS staff. This was followed by a week’s training in October 2009. The process review identified to CXC those activities that could be eliminated by the introduction of electronic marking, those that would need amending and any new ones that would need adding. It also identified the technical infrastructure that would be required to support the service in-country. During the training, markers were exposed to all aspects of the e-Marker® functionality including the new e-Standardisation software and percentage double marking quality control.

CXC provides examinations and certification for the Commonwealth nations and territories situated in and around the Caribbean.

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. Security is also increased as the technology uses bank standard systems.

Graham Hudson, Director of Electronic Assessment 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 examination marking, we see the international roll out of DRS e-Marker® as vital for ongoing improvement in the examination 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 allow examiners to securely mark item-level responses.

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