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AQA A Level Computing NEA withdrawn one month into term !!!!

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by binaryhex, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    The exam board AQA has just announced they have cancelled the Python and C# skeleton programs in their pre-release NEA task after long-suffering teachers reported numerous bugs, promising to replace them some time in the future.

    This is a disgraceful situation. After the GCSE NEA mess last year, this outrage happens to the A Level over one month into term. Teachers and pupils have been struggling to make sense of the pre-release all this time, and meanwhile AQA were sitting quietly on the errors, hoping to bury the bad news. Where are the ‘rigorous’ checks before release, or was this all done by a trainee at AQA?

    AQA still have not written to all schools with an apology and explanation and still have not reported themselves to OFQUAL and still have not made a national announcement to alert teachers of their screw-up. Presumably, these are on someone’s ‘to do’ list?
  2. paulmeakin

    paulmeakin New commenter

    I’ve spoken to AQA about this and here’s their response:

    It looks like there’s been a misunderstanding here, so here’s a summary of what’s actually happened so you have the full picture:

    It has nothing to do with the NEA, and nothing has been cancelled.

    We became aware that there were a couple of additional lines of code in some of the skeleton programs we’d issued to schools/colleges that we needed to remove or amend to ensure consistency across all five skeleton programs. The changes do not affect the functionality of the programs. We release the skeleton programs to schools and colleges at the start of the autumn term and they have until the assessment in June of the following year to work with them. Basically it’s their preparation for the written paper, so has nothing to do with the NEA.

    We took the C# and Python programs offline just for a few of days while we amended them and uploaded the new versions. The changes only affect C#, Python 2.x and 3.x and don’t impact any of the other languages. We identified all the schools and colleges who had downloaded the programs in C# and Python and we contacted them to let them know about the updated version. Schools and colleges who hadn’t downloaded the programs were unaffected so there was no need for us to contact them. Equally, any students who’d done work using the original version (although we know many schools/colleges don’t make a start until December) are also unaffected.
  3. FrauRussell

    FrauRussell New commenter

    In my experience AQA are the most professional of the exam boards in this subject area and they take their responsibilities very seriously.
  4. Dorsetdreams

    Dorsetdreams Occasional commenter

    I agree, but it is a very very low bar to exceed.

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