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High-stakes exam research at AEA-Europe 2019

Professor Damian Murchan presented results from an ongoing study at the 2019 Conference of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe (AEA-Europe) in Lisbon. The study, developed with colleagues from the Scottish Qualifications Authority, explored how different countries accommodate the needs of students who are unable to attend for high-stakes exams at the end of upper secondary school or who experience significant personal trauma around the time of the exams. Such situations usually arise due to unforeseen circumstances and are very challenging for students, families, schools and awarding bodies. The study highlights the approaches taken in different systems to balance the needs and rights of students alongside requirements to maintain public confidence in the grades and qualifications awarded.

The annual meeting of AEA-Europe will be held in Dublin in 2020, co-hosted by Trinity College and the Educational Research Centre, Drumcondra.