CEM Statement - InCAS Assessments
Thursday 29 October 2009
Professor Peter Tymms, Director of CEM said:
The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University apologises for any confusion and inconvenience caused to schools, staff, pupils and parents arising from errors in the InCAS system of assessment.
InCAS is in its third year of operation in Northern Ireland providing reading and maths assessments for around 900 schools.
InCAS was expanded this year to provide additional facilities and information. Two errors affecting the General Maths age-equivalent scores and the Standardised Scores were recently detected in some of the feedback scores that are given to schools.
Following the discovery of these errors, a team of researchers and programmers has worked to resolve problems in the software and to check the feedback given to schools after corrections for the errors were made.
The problems have been fixed and InCAS is now fully functional. Further quality assurance measures are in place and we are confident that InCAS can continue to be used as a tool of assessment that can help schools and pupils.