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Pearson Progression Mapping and New 1-9 levels

Discussion in 'English' started by nellskip, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. nellskip

    nellskip New commenter

    Hi :) We are using the new Edexcel English Language 1-9 Spec' and the Pearson resources. The Pearson resources have very lovely progression maps with clear steps... but they don't seem to link to the new 1-9 levels, unless I've missed something! Has anyone managed to work out how to map the steps to the new levels? Should they? And if they don't, what is the point in them at all?!?!
  2. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    They won't match.

    No-one knows how the criteria will fit to the grades. This is because is the grades will be awarded entirely statistically: the same proportion of students who get a Grade C and above now will get a Grade 4 and above in the future etc. It will be based on numbers of students, not criteria.
  3. Rolly123

    Rolly123 New commenter

    Yes! It's taken a while but we've mapped them in. The Pearson step 3 links to GCSE level 1 (n/c level 3-4) if that helps as a starting point for you.
  4. nellskip

    nellskip New commenter

    They must match, otherwise what's the point!! Will have a go at that - it's just so frustrating that nothing shows anything lol!!!
  5. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    No-one, not even Pearson, knows how student's performance will match to grades. The grades will be awarded statistically: a certain proportion will get Grade 9, Grade 7 and above, Grade 4 and above and Grade 1 or above no matter how good or bad their exam papers are.

    Of course, it is possible to guess how students are going to do and Pearson/Edexcel are probably better placed to do this than most. Nevertheless, they cannot predict where the grades will fall with any real accuracy (and, if they could, Ofqual won't let them).

    The point, I fear, is to make money: unlike all the other exam boards, Pearson/Edexcel is a profit-making company.
    suzychoosy likes this.
  6. Rolly123

    Rolly123 New commenter

    It seems to work doing it that way - we've just assessed using this system and the criteria on the progress steps seemed to fit into the old n/c levels doing it this way. Step 12 is basically GCSE 9+ and will probably never be used!
  7. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

    What are these new 1-9 levels? Can someone point me to an article or document that explains? Are they doing away with letter grades??
  8. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

  9. MissHallEnglish

    MissHallEnglish Occasional commenter Forum guide and community helper

    The latest information my HoD has had from Eduqas is that Grade 5 will be top end of the old Grade C & low B.
  10. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

  11. suzychoosy

    suzychoosy New commenter

    Candy's Dog is right. There is no matching of the Pearson steps to grades, as no one knows how the students will eventually perform. It may be that the students write at Pearson step 7, and that is enough to get them an 8 in 2017 because, statistically, they are in the same score brackets as the top 15% or whatever. So we have a race to the top, trying to get students into the top levels of the mark scheme hoping that statistically they'll end up with a 6 or more. In the meantime you have to guestimate their grades based on what you think they should be acheiving at the current time. So a student with a target grade of 6 should be on a 3 -4 in year 10 etc. It's a nightmare and if anyone has an answer I'd love to hear it.
  12. electricsheep

    electricsheep New commenter

    Level 5 is the new 'strong C'. But, there are no grade boundaries so the whole thing is going to be an inconsistent mess.

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