Dr Mary Richardson is an Associate Professor of Educational Assessment at UCL Institute of Education where she leads the MA in Assessment and supervises doctoral candidates researching assessment, ethics and citizenship.
She is interested in all things related to educational assessment and has been in engaged in work researching this area for over 20 years. Recently, she was Principal Investigator for the research strand of the TIMSS2019 international tests for England and was lead author on the national report for England. She has just started a three-year research project investigating the user-experience of AI-led tests of English language with PTE Academic at Pearson. Her employment outside of academia includes research in examinations at the AQA exam board and the Department of Education in England, education for campaigning NGOs and practitioner support in schools from pre-school through to post 16.
Her research interests include assessment, ethics and justice in testing and citizenship. Mary is keen to include more philosophical thinking and critique across the research and development domains of educational assessment, especially in high stakes testing situations. She is currently completing a book about what has happened to public confidence and trust in educational assessment and how there is an urgent need to reframe the public understanding of this area. Mary sits on research advisory groups for AQA, Qualifications Wales and Pearson and advisory committees for the Assessment and Evaluation Association (Europe) and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.