Provincial Assessments and Examinations
Markers must first attend and successfully pass a credentialling workshop. Workshops result in the most efficient use of time within the actual marking sessions, provide participants with valuable insights into the marking process and are an excellent opportunity for professional development. The criteria for becoming a credentialled marker not only includes meeting the marking standard, but also demonstrating that this standard can be met within a specified time frame. All of the items used for both the exemplars and the scoring have been extensively graded by teachers from across British Columbia, and a consensus for each question's mark has been established.
The purpose of the credentialling workshop is to:
i) outline the duties and responsibilities of markers;
ii) establish valid and reliable marking processes; and,
iii) credential BC teachers for the purpose of marking.
The workshops consist of orientation, familiarization with the holistic marking guide, and viewing previous examples (exemplars) of student responses. Participants will also review the marking and grading of previous assessments and examinations, and be given feedback on their own scoring of sample responses. Following the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to take an online assessment where they will be asked to score sample responses within a set time period. Successful completion of the online assessment will result in being credentialled.
Note: Personal information is collected by the Ministry of Education under section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes of keeping an eligibility list of markers for the current year and administering marking contracts. If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, please contact the Manager - Examinations Administration & Marking, Student Certification Branch, at P.O. Box 9886, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9T6, or phone 250-812-0272.