Key Concepts in Educational Assessment provides expert definitions and interpretations of common terms within the policy and practice of educational assessment. Concepts such as validity, assessment for learning, measurement, comparability and differentiation are discussed, and there is broad coverage of UK and international terminology. Drawing on the considerable expertise of the authors, the entries provide: - clear definitions; - accounts of the key issues; - authoritative and reliable information; - suggestions for further reading

Created to support students of education on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and established education professionals including those who are members of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA), this book is an accessible guide for anyone engaged in educational assessment.

Tina Isaacs is Director of the MA in Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, London.

Catherine Zara was most recently Director of the MA in Educational Assessment and Director of the BA (Hons) in Post Compulsory Education and Training at the University of Warwick.

Graham Herbert was most recently Director of the CIEA.

Steve J. Coombs is Head of Department for Continuing Professional Development at Bath Spa University, which offers an MA in Educational Assessment.

Charles Smith is senior lecturer in economics and education at Swansea Metropolitan University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

External Verification

External verification

External verification is a quality assurance mechanism operated by an awarding organisation that ensures that assessment processes carried out by centres have been done correctly, fairly and to the appropriate standard. It confirms or moderates internal school, college or training provider verification processes.

External verification is a means of quality assuring locally run and internally marked or graded assessments such as vocational coursework assignments, through making judgements about the standard of the provider's internal assessment systems and processes. This usually involves using external verifiers as qualified assessors or examiners to carry out this fieldwork task.

In the university sector, this generally involves a verification system in which external examiners are appointed to ensure fairness and equity of internal assessment procedures with independent feedback reports sent ...

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