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Making the Grade, HMC Slides

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

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Making the Grade, HMC Slides

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

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