# APS Progress

Discussion in 'Primary' started by impulce, Nov 2, 2011.

1. ### impulce

A niggly question, if people in the know don't mind answering!
As a school we are just getting our head around average points scores, and calculations of progress in terms of average points scores.
I know that one sub level progress is 2 APS progress, as each sublevel is worth 2 more points than the previous sub level.
However, a working towards (3) is worth 4 points less than a 1C (7).
Does this mean if a child moves from P8 to 1C they have already made 4 APS progress?
If so, does this not make Year 1 data on the whole look really good in terms of progress as many children are baselined as P7/P8 and move to 1C or above during the year?
It seems a bit odd to me.

2. ### tafkamOccasional commenter

It is.
It's because it's based on the idea that actually the whole levels are worth 6 points, so Level One is 9pts, Level 2 is 15pts, etc. Because of the further nonsense of sub-levels, we now have the idea that there are 2 points per sub-level. But for levels that don't get broken down (i.e. W, or L3 in Y2), the points just presume the middle of the level, so 3 points for W and 21 points for a L3.
In theory this means that a child who might move from being just a fraction below L1 at the beginning of Y1 to just scraping a L3 in Y2 has in reality moved up about 2 levels, but gets credit for moving from 3 to 21 points... or 3 whole levels worth.
So... "a bit odd" is an understatement.
I'd go for "a complete joke" myself.