ASCL comment on report into exam malpractice

10/09/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the commission into examination malpractice
 
Commenting on the report of the commission into examination malpractice, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“Exam cheating and other types of malpractice are rare, and the vast majority of students, teachers, exams officers and school leaders behave with the greatest integrity. But the small number of reported incidents, particularly high-profile breaches, can have a disproportionate impact on the public’s perception of the exam system. We therefore welcome the painstaking and thorough work of the commission in developing an excellent set of recommendations to further improve safeguards.

“In the longer term, we must rethink an exam system which is rooted in a pen-and-paper era that feels increasingly like an anachronism and is threatened by technologies which facilitate cheating. We need to put less emphasis on the annual ritual of subjecting young people to trial by exam and use a more nuanced range of assessment methods to support progression to future courses and careers. And we could better utilise technology to provide secure online assessment rather than scrambling to stay one step ahead of the cheaters. We need a 21st century approach to assessment which is better for students, provides a more complete picture to employers, and which has the additional benefit of being less cheatable.”