Blind second marking
Blind second marking is the process whereby 2 (or more) markers independently undertake a full and complete set of feedback and grades without sight of the other markers work until the grades and feedback are completed. A comparison exercise is then undertaken within the team to establish the grade and feedback that are given to to the student.
In blind second marking, a significant (>5%) variation in grading would be cause for concern and would normally be brought to the attention of the External Examiner.
Blind second marking is a useful exercise for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) who are in their first year in post. An established lecturer completes a full set of marks and then the NQT also completes a full set of marks unsighted of the first marker. They then compare results and discuss the variations in marking.