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Ofqual to launch AI exam marking competition

The exam regulator in England is looking at whether artificial intelligence could be used to help mark GCSEs and A levels.

Ofqual is launching an AI "competition" to see if it is possible for machines to mark a GCSE English essay to the same standard as human examiners, with the winning developer promised a financial reward.

In a blog published this afternoon, the watchdog says it wants to “understand whether there might be a role for AI in marking”.

It goes on: “We are particularly interested in whether using AI as a second marker or as a way of monitoring marking might help improve marking.

Read more: https://inews.co.uk/news/education/exam-regulator-ai-ofqual-mark-gcses-a-levels-1359893


Findings suggest air filters can boost pupils' exam performance

Installing air filters in classrooms can raise children’s scores in tests by the same amount as cutting class sizes by a third, research has found.

Scientists studied children’s performances in 18 schools in Los Angeles fitted with filters in 2016 after the largest gas leak in US history.

The gas company responsible installed filters in classrooms within five miles of the leak, allowing researchers to compare performances of similar schools in the wider area.

Read more: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/air-filters-help-pupils-do-better-in-exams-rxqmp0rc6