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What is severe grading?
Analysis of national data by Ofqual, DfE and other organisations compares the grades obtained by pupils in modern languages (esp French, German and Spanish) with the grades in other subjects. This shows clearly that pupils of the same prior attainment will, on average, obtain lower grades in languages than other common subjects at GCSE.
Because this data is drawn from Ofqual, JCQ, DfE, Ofsted and other official and independent sources, it will be invaluable for members preparing for Performance Management and annual Examination Analysis (including discussion with Heads and Governors) and for Ofsted inspections / Self Evaluation processes.
The situation at AS and A/L is more complex and covers a range of issues, but these are still very much matters of concern. We refer here to “severe and unpredictable grading”. There is an overall issue of grades in French, German and Spanish being lower than most other facilitating subjects apart from Maths and Sciences. There is a particular issue at A* with the proportion of A* grades relative to A & A* grades being much lower than all facilitating subjects. There is also an issue with the rank order of students not being in line with teacher expectation (“unreliable grading”). This was recognised by Ofqual and specifically addressed in their Sept 2014 report and action has been taken.
Ofqual are now officially looking at the whole topic of Inter-Subject Comparability (ISC), and we are very much hoping that action will be taken.
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Added 29/4/19: April 2019 Update on severe grading in GCSE 9-1
Added 29/11/17: Outcomes of survey about GCSE ML severe grading November 2017
Added 29/11/17: Grading in ML AL and GCSE exams – 29 nov 17 – ppt – Presentation about severe grading in Modern Languages and Inter-subject comparability. November 2017.
PowerPoint giving a brief history of ‘Inter-subject Comparability’: Grading in ML AL and GCSE exams – Aug 17