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I thought exam results were confidential until tomorrow...
AQA have changed the grade boundaries for the controlled assessment between the winter series and this.
Of course they've done it on the sly and not told anyone about it and are currently drowning in flak from schools - they've promised a press release by the end of today but are currently saying it's down to OFQUAL and all examboards have had to do similarly.
What they have failed to appreciate is that, within the cohort of students who sat the exam this summer, there are some who submitted their controlled assessment for moderation at Christmas (and hence have been judged against lower boundaries) and some who submitted work for assessment in the summer (with the higher boundaries).
This of course means that the same work will get different grades this summer dependent upon when a school chose to send the work in for moderation. That doesn't seem fair to me.
we've had the same with Edexcel- forecast grades for A*-C were 60% on grade boundaries from Jan grades- we've dropped to less than 40%. A/A* seem to have gained but C grades all been dropped to D on the final controlled assessment unit.
I'm a new HOD too,not looking forward to facing staff or kids tomorrow.
wouldn't wish this on anyone but at least if we're all in the same boat we have some hope of being able to fight this.
Not looking forward to seeing results tomorrow. Is it just English? There's nothing on the main Opinion forum.Wonder if this story was tactically deployed today or 'just a coincidence':
Centalised pay for teachers is hitting pupils' grades, study says
Research finds average GCSE pupil's exam performance drops a grade when local private sector pay rises 10% over five years
Whole article here
Seems like performance may drop a grade when there's a 3 year pay freeze too.
There was a similar issue with MFL last year (AQA) with boundaries for controlled assessment swinging wildly from winter to summer. There is a thread on the MFL TES pages that has been on the 'front page' of their threads for a full 12 months.
AQA amd OFQUAL didn't seem to care about the impact on the students. We are big enough and ugly enough to know that governments and awarding bodies will shaft us from time to time but the students are the innocents in this and it's their futures that are being messed around with.
A local school had the Principal Examiner for MFL in at considerable expense and he basically washed his hands of it, apparantly, with a 'we screwed up but have learnt lessons' - that's no use to the poor students walking around with grades determined not on their ability but when the school happened to put work in for moderation.
'Lessons learnt' - perhaps the subject teams could do with some cross curricular communication.
AQA seem to be getting lots of heat about this today - just imagine what will happen tomorrow!
How do you all know? I thought everything was embargoed till tomorrow? (A day I am now dreading.)
I feel sick now! Won't get my school results until tomorrow. We are with OCR- has anyone any information on trends with them? Doubly concerned as my son collects his results tomorrow as well.
the link should take you to the AQA conversion table on the website. We're in a similar situation - vast majority of the cohort were C/D and would have got a C on a different exam series. I am so gutted, not looking forward to the consequences of this.
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