SQA celebrates innovation at e-Assessment Awards

Gareth Hegarty (l), collecting the Best Use of Summative Assessment Award on behalf of International Baccalaureate from SQA's Graeme Clark (Photography courtesy of David Owens)

SQA helped recognise the positive impact that innovations in technology can have on assessment through our sponsorship of the International e-Assessment Awards.

The awards showcase best practice and exciting developments taking place in this continually evolving field. With award nominees representing a variety of sectors, it is an excellent opportunity to share ideas and identify where barriers can be overcome.

SQA attended the awards ceremony as sponsors of the Best Use of Summative Assessment category. Each of the category finalists have demonstrated that their assessment solution has had a positive impact on students.

The category finalists were: International Baccalaureate; PSI Services (UK) Limited and Amazon Web Services; Vretta Inc. and Department of Evaluation Planning and Performance (DEPP); Ministry of Education, France and; Maxinity Software Limited

International Baccalaureate were announced as the category winners. In 93% of schools teaching International Baccalaureate programmes, all examinations are computer based. Their entry convinced the judging panel that it is possible to successfully deliver online summative assessments in schools anywhere in the world.

Vretta Inc. and Department of Evaluation Planning and Performance (DEPP), Ministry of Education, France (pictured right) were Highly Commended.

Graeme Clark, Head of Digital Assessment Services at SQA, presented the award to International Baccalaureate. He said: “Qualifications can inspire people to progress and SQA believes that innovations which make the assessment experience more accessible to learners should be celebrated. The pioneering solutions developed by our category finalists demonstrate how digital technology can transform summative assessment, benefiting learners, centres and employers.”

SQA is undertaking a project examining the future of assessment. You can keep up to date with developments through the SQA Futures Blog and using #SQAfutures on twitter.