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Stephen Austin Group welcomes experienced industry figures to new Group Board

From January 2022, the Group, a trusted partner to high-stakes awarding organisations
worldwide, will draw on the expertise of Simon Lebus, formerly Chief Executive of Cambridge
Assessment and Interim Chief Regulator at Ofqual and Terry Sweeney, CEO of online education
specialists Insendi and former CEO of RM Education Plc.

Beyond Multiple Choice Conference: Getting Authoring Right

This year we were delighted to speak at the Beyond Multiple Choice conference, a three day virtual event where assessment leaders from around the world shared ideas on innovating and improving all areas of testing.

David Haggie, assessment enthusiast and Managing Director of GradeMaker, ran a session investigating the barriers to innovation that plague so many high-stakes assessment providers, and how stagnant authoring processes are often the root cause.

Authoring Process: Free Checklist

Organisations wanting to implement innovations in their assessments need to start by establishing good authoring processes.

Whether you want to enhance the quality and security of your processes, lay a strong foundation for print and digital testing, or just want to improve the efficiency of your production, a solid authoring system is crucial to success.

New Feature: Automatic Typesetting

Developing a high-stakes exam is a logistical challenge – a challenge that continues long after the exam is written. The final typesetting and design process may eat into months of your production cycle and take a large proportion of your budget.

We have been hearing for years that this is a huge issue for testing organisations, slowing everything down and putting extra pressure on production teams.

If these issues sound familiar, then instant typesetting is for you.

What should I look for in an e-authoring system?

Developing valid and reliable tests is complicated. The necessary confidentiality, plus the inevitable complexity of test production means that you need something which ticks ALL the boxes, but what are those boxes?

If you are part of an awarding bodies and want to make sure you cover all your bases when identifying and prioritising exam authoring software requirements, this guide is for you.

The Philippine-based Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. (CEM) has partnered with GradeMaker

CEM is a well-respected independent assessment body based in the Philippines, providing a diverse set of high-stakes assessments to the academe, professional organizations and other industries for their various testing needs. CEM began working with GradeMaker to seek solutions for enhancing their item bank authoring systems. Amongst their priorities were to automate test construction, enhance security, and make further developments to quality control procedures. Following a successful pilot, CEM has now chosen GradeMaker Pro to be their new authoring platform, to support them in streamlining their services. Father Roderick C. Salazar, Jr., SVD, Acting CEO at CEM said:  “GradeMaker Pro is […]

National Centre for External Evaluation of Education, Croatia, takes on GradeMaker technology

The National Centre for Educational Evaluation (NCEE) is responsible for the conduct of examinations in Croatia. The NCEE is preparing a new examination and looked to the introduction of e-authoring technology to improve working processes, especially during the Covid pandemic. They were also looking to drive improvements overall in the quality, security and efficiency of its test development operations. ‘ We were pleased to be able to adopt GradeMaker pro for live exams authoring, after an initial trial of the software. GradeMaker Pro has helped us continue to write exams, even during the Covid pandemic.’ Natalija Curkovic, Senior Expert Advisor. […]