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OSCA2

Discussion in 'Physical education' started by sportyrich2000, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. I am intrigued to see if anyone out there has had the same emotional response to not passing the OSCA2 Lead IV test. My response was anger through frustration and then onto complete bitterness towards Edexcel.

    I took the test in the first window for Level 3 Sport having taught and assessed (even Lead IV'd) sport for several years.

    For me the test was littered with inaccuracies, ambiguous questions and was, ironically for a qualifications organisation, an invalid and unreliable test of IV ability.

    Anyone else find the same?
     
  2. I am intrigued to see if anyone out there has had the same emotional response to not passing the OSCA2 Lead IV test. My response was anger through frustration and then onto complete bitterness towards Edexcel.

    I took the test in the first window for Level 3 Sport having taught and assessed (even Lead IV'd) sport for several years.

    For me the test was littered with inaccuracies, ambiguous questions and was, ironically for a qualifications organisation, an invalid and unreliable test of IV ability.

    Anyone else find the same?
     
  3. I agree. I could not even get on the system to register after about 20 or more calls to edexcel it was found that I needed to be added at another school. Although I did pass the questions were not worded correctly and many were ambiguous.
     
  4. Well that was the other thing. I registered (through the extremely difficult and complicated process), and then got released to do the actual exam some 4 days before the deadline. Meaning I had to fit the exam round an extremely hard week at college.
     
  5. yes me too! I was unsuccssful in OSCA2 health and social care and have been teaching BTEC courses for 20 years and moderating/externally verifying and now standards verifying for BTEC for over 15 years. I think the more experience you have the harder it is to pass the test because the q's are ambiguous and answers are often difficult to agree - I m questioning 5 answers and am yet to geta response to my queries and comments. And my queries aren't even about the standards of evidence- I have accepted I was too harsh, but some of their answers were just plain wrong in relation to IV and assignment design. My postal sample is nearly ready to go off!
     


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    I believe that the marks awarded are incorrect.





    I passed the exercise, but I like to think that the marking
    of this was as rigorous as the assessments that we do in school.





    For example





    Health and Social Care - level 3





    C10 - It clearly
    shows on page 9 that the IV agrees that the language of the assignment brief is
    appropriate to level 3 and she has ticked the "Yes" box to show this,
    and this led me to answer yes to the question.


    However in the SSV comment is "No - there is no
    indication that the language and level of the assignment has been considered by
    the IV or the assessor"





    This is clearly not true.





    C12 - Does the unit achievement record clearly indicate that
    the learner has met the submission deadlines? On page 5 it clearly states the
    deadline for submission to be 17th May 2009, and as can be seen from the
    assessment feedback sheet on pages 15 and 16, the work was submitted and
    assessed on or around 1st April 2010.


    This can only lead to the decision that the deadlines set
    were not met, (by some 11 months)


    However the SSV comment is "Yes, It indicates that the
    learner has submitted work several weeks before the deadline" which is
    clearly wrong! If there is a typing error, then this question is invalid.





    B10 - the learner has submitted a bullet pointed list in
    Task 5 P5. Is this evidence an acceptable form of evidence?


    In P5, learners have to explain safe practice in the
    administration and storage of medicines.


    Clearly this bullet pointed list does not address the task
    alone, so the answer should be "No"


    However, the SSV comment is "Yes, this is acceptable as
    the points have been explained in either P2 or M2 work".


    This was not the question and so it is an invalid answer.





    B6 - "Has the learners work been sufficiently
    authenticated?"


    There are no student signatures at all throughout the work
    submitted or the assessment nor is there a front sheet of student
    authentication, therefore the answer must be no.


    However, the SSV comment is "Yes" but recognises
    that there should be a signed clause signifying ownership, but surely then, it
    was not sufficient as it stands, and the answer should have been
    "No".





    A1 - "Do the layout and presentation of the assignment
    brief provide clear and effective guidance for the learner?"


    This assignment brief is merely a direct copy of the grading
    grid and a copy of the unit content. There is no scenario nor additional
    guidance, and nothing that indicates to the student what he/she is expected to
    produce as a vehicle for the evidence. As such I felt that the answer was
    clearly "No"


    However the SSV comment was "Yes, The assignment is
    clearly presented with a list of assessment criteria for the learner to
    achieve."


    If this is the case, why do I spend hours writing detailed
    assignment briefs to guide the learners and provide opportunities to produce
    evidence in a variety of interesting and motivating formats, and try to include
    a vocational context or scenario to make it relevant to this Vocational
    programme.





    As you can see, although I passed the test, and I am now a
    fully fledged Lead IV, I am not happy that I was marked down on answers that I
    feel were correct.


    I would be very happy for you to consider these comments and
    feed back to me on your findings.





    Yours faithfully





    David Scarff (Head of Vocational Studies – Tong High School)
     
  7. Edexcel specifically asked for people not to post questions into forums and I had assumed that this was because it might invalidate their test. However I feel it was actually to cover up their own inadequacies in the testing. As such here are some highlights from my 6 page report to them:


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    Sport: Assessing Risk
    A4 Is the
    qualification and unit information on the front sheet accurate?



    My Answer No


    EV Answer Yes


    Given that the date
    January 2010 appears on the front
    sheet and that Unit 3-Assessing Risk is part of the new National
    Diplomas that started in September
    2010
    (therefore not existing as a unit in January 2010) this information has to
    be incorrect not correct. The Unit would
    have been Unit 2 - Health and Safety in Sport not Assessing Risk or had to be
    dated after September 2010.


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    Fitness Training and Programming


    A1 Does the Assignment Brief and
    supplementary guidance sheets provide opportunity for learners to generate
    sufficient evidence for: P3,P4,P5,M3,D2?



    My Answer Yes


    EV Answer No


    While I agree that
    the task is written ‘bare minimum’ it does give enough information to provide the opportunity.


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    A3 Does the Assignment Brief provide
    the opportunity for sufficient evidence to be generated for this level 3 unit?



    My Answer Yes


    EV Answer No


    This is a repeat of question A1 and therefore
    skews the percentage. Get it 'wrong' once then get it 'wrong' again. (I pointed out that if an exam had 3 questions 1.What is the capital of England? 2. What is the capital of Yemen? 3. What is the capital of Yemen? - you willfalsely skew the outcome of an exam if they don't know the capital of Yemen!)
    This happened again later with another repeat question on what grading criteria were achieved.


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    C1 Is the centre using appropriate
    internal verification documents which indicate learner work is being checked?



    My Answer No


    EV Answer Yes




    This is a very
    ambiguous question in its phrasing as it allows 2 answers to be given. Yes appropriate documentation is being used but does it ‘indicate
    learner work is being checked?’ No it
    does not as by Edexcel's own admission the learner work fails but the IV agrees the
    grade. I would suggest that this does
    not ‘indicate that learner work is being checked’. Rather like saying if I use a recipe for a
    cake but make ice cream by mistake – would this be considered correct?


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    C2 Which
    statement best describes the Assessors feedback to the learner?



    a) The Assessor has provided
    brief and inaccurate feedback to the learner.


    b) The Assessor has made thorough
    and accurate comments to the learner on the assessment cover sheet.


    c) The Assessor has only made
    brief comments on the assessment front sheet, with no specific annotated
    comments on the learner work


    My Answer c


    EV Answer a




    Both are
    correct. Agreed, that the assessor has
    provided brief and inaccurate feedback on the front sheet therefore answer (a)
    is right. However there are also no annotated comments only annotated
    grading criteria and they have made brief comments on the front sheet and
    therefore answer (c) is right as well.

    Remembering that this is a sample I found 12 question mistakes, ambiguities and repeat questions from a test of 36 questions. 1/3 wrong! If a student of ours got a 1/3 of their assignment wrong would we pass them? Maybe Edexcel would!
     
  8. I may be the only person to maybe post a positive response here to your question. I am a centre quality reviewer for Edexcel and have only had positive responses to the OSCA tests. Many are printing off the materials and using the exercise as a department standardisation exercise and then completing some of the practice tests as a group. The only problem this has brough it that the person who is completing the test is the one to get the certificate and if they leave they take it with them. Although on the positive side the others are ready to take the test soon after to gain the accreditation.
    Thankfully i dont have to take the test as a colleague wanted to take the OSCA to test and will post her responses after she has compelted this
     
  9. gogojonny

    gogojonny New commenter

    Couldn't you all just go outside and teach some PE?

     

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