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Making the Grade, HMC Slides


Kathleen Tattersall's presentation slides at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) on 6 October 2009.

Kathleen Tattersall's presentation slides at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) on 6 October 2009.

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  • 1. Making the Grade: Protecting standards in examinations Kathleen Tattersall October 6 2009
  • 2. Making the grade: an introduction to Ofqual
        • Ofqual – the new regulator of exams, tests and assessments
        • Ofqual is set to be fully independent in 2010
        • Ofqual will maintain confidence in qualifications
        • Ofqual will promote awareness of benefits of qualifications
        • Ofqual will make sure qualifications are efficient and effective.
  • 3. AS 2009
    • March 2009: Ofqual described how awarding bodies will approach grading of AS levels
    • Efforts made to ensure that all parties act with parity and on the same basis
    • No direction from Ofqual to set higher hurdle
  • 4. GCE AS outcomes 2008/2009 Up 0.2 perc pts 58.7 per cent 58.5 per cent A-C Down 0.1 perc pts 88.1 per cent 88.2 per cent A-E Up 0.8 perc pts 19.5 per cent 18.7 per cent A Difference 2009 2008
  • 5. Making the leap: new ways of maintaining standards
        • A* grade at A level to be awarded for the first time in 2010
        • A* rewards exceptional candidates
        • A* given to candidates who achieve A grades and 90 per cent of UMS of A2 units
        • A* introduced to help universities select the most suitable candidates.
  • 6. Making a difference: what will Ofqual do?
        • Make recommendations – such as piloting new qualifications
        • Review subjects, e.g GCSE physics
        • Defend standards, e.g GCSE science.
  • 7. Making headway: what has Ofqual done?
        • Asked QCA for a review of GCSE science criteria
        • Asked for greater conformity
        • Asked for challenging questions and tasks in assessments
        • Asked awarding bodies to take into account relevant information in setting grade boundaries.
  • 8. Making waves? The reliability of results
        • Humans mark exam papers – and humans are fallible
        • Ofqual’s Reliability Programme looks at factors affecting consistency of results
        • Researchers working on first projects now and will report back at the end of the year
        • Results are taken from school to university to the workplace – learners must rely on them
  • 9. Making connections: working with stakeholders
        • Ofqual’s stakeholders include universities
        • Ofqual has no remit for universities but will work with them
        • University places are filled while exam appeals take place
        • Ofqual will raise this issue with universities to protect learners
        • A flexible qualification system is required.
  • 10.
    • Thank you.
    • Any questions?