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Estimated grade boundaries for AQA Specimen Papers?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by mature_maths_trainee, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. mature_maths_trainee

    mature_maths_trainee New commenter

    Has anyone tried using the AQA Specimen Paper 1 (FOUNDATION;8300/1F; Published June 2015) with their students?
    Did you make an attempt at converting their score into a new (1 to 9) (or even old E to C) grade by creating your own grade boundaries? May I ask what you used?
    My estimates were: 49 marks for a '4'; 62 for a '5', but I'm not sure if they are reasonable.

  2. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    I'm not being rude, MMT, but trying to invent grade boundaries is a fool's errand. The exam boards have said they will not even try, and as both the proportions and thresholds can be altered by Ofqual as late as August 2017, all we have is our experience of how certain sets of students have done in the past.
    The fact my dept is moving from 10% to 30% of our intake doing Foundation is because we can't even be sure what a 5 could even possibly look like.
    darhar and googolplex like this.
  3. mature_maths_trainee

    mature_maths_trainee New commenter

    Thanks for trying to help Adam. I guess you're saying that the error bounds are so large that you can't make a worthwhile estimate.
  4. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Mmm. This is what we keep arguing about.

    To track progress you don't need grades. You can simply track raw scores. What students attain from one year to the next will move thus stopping schools loading resources around grade boundaries.
    You have to ask yourself why you need grade boundaries. To predict the 9-5 rate? It should be irrelevant except to a Head freaking about the floor target.
    These things are designed to stop the gaming by schools. The floor rate is still a problem but it is about designing out gaming.

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