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Here's the same for OCR linear
GCSE Mathematics A thresholds (J512 - linear) - June 2010
languidone A* A B C D E F G1380 1F 75 60 45 31 171380 2F 78 63 48 34 201380 3H 89 69 49 30 18 12 1380 4H 90 72 54 36 21 13 A* A B C D E F G1380F 153 123 94 65 361380H 176 141 103 66 39 25
Is the bottom table supposed to be the sum of the figures for those grades/tier from the top table? If not, where do the figures in the lower table come from? If they are then why don't they add up right?
The A* boundary is set by applying a linear formula to the A/B boundaries. An adjustment (some would call it a fiddle) is then applied to make sure the right percentage of students attain A*.
So, Naz, it isn't supposed to add up.
As a point of interest are there ever any figures published that show what percentage of pupils sitting the foundation exam actually managed to get a C grade. I know we are told the overall figures receiving a C grade but I would like to see the figures broken down into those coming from a foundation exam and those from a higher exam.
DMSo, Naz, it isn't supposed to add up.
So you can get an A on the first paper, an A on the second paper and come out with an A* overall? Something in the water (does not compute)...
Edexcel got the idea here:
DMEdexcel got the idea here: [...]
No - this is completely different. I found the Examiner's Report (on the good ol' Emporium!) - the final paragraph reads:
The percentages of students gaining each grade is thus set for A to E, but the QCA Code of Practice allows us to adjust the overall A* boundary in the light of statistical evidence to maintain standards over time. The examiners decided that a boundary of 179 would not have given a consistent percentage of A* grades this year, so it was adjusted to 176 to allow 4.8% of A* grades (in line with the figure for last summer).
Everyone clear about that? Good!
So - if grades rise ... then they rise. If they would have fallen ... then they are "inconsistent", so they are adjusted to be "in line with previous years".
ic3g1rlAs a point of interest are there ever any figures published that show what percentage of pupils sitting the foundation exam actually managed to get a C grade. I know we are told the overall figures receiving a C grade but I would like to see the figures broken down into those coming from a foundation exam and those from a higher exam.
Edexcel used to publish these - I found them for Summer 2005 on the Emporium. But that was for the old 3-tier exam (still fondly remembered and sadly missed. Sniff.).
Edexcel no longer appear to produce these ... unless they are accessible via ResultsPlus (or whatever it's called)? Is it possible to download these as a comparison for your own pupils?
I'll be using ResultsPlus tomorrow so I will report back. I think from memory it does not separate the Tiers.
The A* boundary jiggle has happened for the last three sittings of the Linear exam and happened back in the past too so is nothing new.
DM The A* boundary jiggle has happened for the last three sittings of the Linear exam and happened back in the past too so is nothing new.
Hold on. So the fictitious, made-up, fabricated A* boundary this time was created to bring it into line with the results from the previous year ... which were created by using a similarly fictitious grade boundary based on the results from the year before that ... which were also made up?
Now you are catching on. Welcome to the world of "rising standards".
Anyone got Boundaries for Statistics GCSE?
Foundation C 55
GoldMathsAnyone got Boundaries for Statistics GCSE?
Which awarding body?
I assume that if you do Edexcel you can find them on the Emporium. Not sure about AQA, though.
DM, what I'm really interested in seeing what effect the C grade in the foundation exam has really had. I believe the students have to get at least 85% to gain a C grade, which I would have thought was very difficult for most students sitting the foundation papers. As this is a significant overlap area between the two exam types statistics about the percentage C grades from each exam would be very useful.
I looked at Results Plus yesterday ic3g1r1 but it does not show the grade contribution from each Tier.
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