Cambridge Assessment has launched an open and frank online discussion to clarify public understanding of the different examination standard issues.
But what do we mean by standards, have they risen or fallen, how would we know? Who 'owns' examination standards? Should they rest on links between schools, higher education, employers and awarding bodies - or be mediated through Government and its agents? Just how much information is required to maintain public confidence?
The debate's been kicked off with a clash of opinions between two leading academics. Roger Murphy of Nottingham University's School of Education, disputes Tim Oates of Cambridge Assessment's view that "exam results are an exact science" believing that "public examination results will always be approximate."
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The online discussion will culminate in a debate on standards on 29 April at the RSA, London. The debate will bring together practitioners and experts who have strong views and have published widely on this area. Please view for more details.