RM works with awarding organisations which process tens of thousands of exam scripts through to those dealing with tens of millions. Each client needs a different level of support.
When Slovenia’s National Examinations Centre (RIC) came to us, they were looking for a solution that they could get up and running quickly, and manage in-house.
Speaking the language
Slovenia has one central exam board, RIC, which sets and administers its national exams. RIC wanted to use onscreen marking for the National Assessment of Knowledge (NAK) in the primary education system, comparable to the national KS2 tests in the UK.
The number of scripts to be marked was relatively small, at around 100,000, so RIC wanted to implement a system that was easy to use and maintain, and could be delivered in the native language: Slovene.
Up and running within months
Following a competitive tender which included a pilot, RM Results was awarded a contract to supply its web-based RM Assessor software. RIC wanted to get up the system up and running over the course of a summer so the RM Results team leapt into action.
The RM Assessor software was translated into Slovene and the awarding organisation sourced scanning machines. RM Results provided training for the operations team and worked with the technical team on setting up system hosting and the data feeds structure. Within a matter of months RIC was ready to go.
Improved quality and efficiency
Following the first live onscreen marking session, for which RM provided some operational support, Slovenia’s National Examinations Centre’s Director, Darko Zupanc, said,
Our decision to implement RM Assessor supports our objectives of driving modernisation and improvement in assessment quality and efficiency in Slovenia. The move to onscreen marking has already begun to reap significant benefits for markers and pupils alike, including improved security and minimisation of risk and error.
Examiners around Slovenia are now able to access a system in their native language and mark scripts onscreen. From contract signature to the first live session was less than a year.
For a full account of Slovenia’s move to onscreen marking, read the paper ‘National Assessment in Primary Education in Slovenia: Is it Possible to Implement E-marking in One Year?’ which was presented at the 39th IAEA Annual Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel and is reproduced here by kind permission of Andrejka Slavec Gornik, Head of Assessment Unit, National Examinations Centre, Slovenia