A research paper by Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Chairman Dr Ikram Ali Malik has been published in noted international journal Education and Urban Society.

Dr Malik’s research paper, “An Evaluation, Assortment, and Optimization of the Question Items”, has gained international accolades after being published in the journal that has an impact factor of 0.91. The journal includes papers after thorough examination by a board of experts, marking history for Dr Ikram, as no FBISE chairman has ever achieved such a feat before.

This is first ever research publication of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) based on desk and field work of over two-years on establishment of Question Bank at FBISE.

The research concludes that the approach of writing contents of a question paper by a single paper setter seriously results in issues of validity and reliability.

This signifies the importance of pre-written, reviewed, moderated, pre-tested, and statistically analyzed question items for future use.

The research raises several key issues, including quality examination based on the key features of validity and reliability of question papers.

Education and Urban Society is a bimonthly peer-reviewed academic journal that features research on the role of education in contemporary society. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2017 impact factor is 0.658, ranking it 202 out of 238 journals in the category “Education and Educational Research” and 35 out of 40 journals in the category “Urban Studies”.

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