Post by caledonia on Mar 23, 2016 13:54:53 GMT
Following on from the post about the importance of SATs does anyone understand the new GCSE process and how schools will be assessed?
As I understand it, SATS are now being used as part of the assessment process for GCSEs. It all sounds very confusing and I may not get it right but it seems that SATs will become more important to schools starting with the GCSE results from children moving into Year 10 in September. No longer will schools be assessed with respect to having 5or more GCSEs at A-C grades but some complicated process where GCSEs will be assessed against SATs. Nor will children be able to say that they got 8 GCSEs at B grade or whatever.
GCSES will no longer be grades as A - E but graded from 1 - 9 with 9 being the highest. Subjects are divided into three groups now an choices from the groups are controlled.
The first group includes maths and English only and only two exam results, one of which must be maths, can be added to this group. The score for maths as well as the higher of the scores for English Language or English Literature (or combined language and literature if only a combined English exam is taken) are put into the group 1 score and multiplied by two (gives double the emphasis on doing well in English and maths).
The second group only includes a few limited subjects like English (if you sat 2 English exams), languages, sciences, English, History, Geography and computing but can take up to four subjects. Scores for these subjects are added together (but not multiplied). If you only take one or two of these subjects that's all you can add.
Group 3 takes any other subjects and I think it has room for up to 3 spaces. Again these scores are added together but not multiplied.
Then the scores from all three groups are added together, divided by 9 (I think - but it could be 10) and that gives the pupil a single GCSE score which will be used by colleges, employers etc.
That single number score is then compared to your Year 6 SATs score and this resultant figure shows how well a student has improved since Year 6 and this is how schools will be judged.
This system puts more importance on the core academic subjects so children that are not as academic and who would prefer to do GSCEs in drama, music, HE, Technical or practical subjects can only have 2 or 3 of these subjects count towards their overall GSCE Score. This seems to tie into the Baccalaureate system which gives one overall score.
For DD it means that she will never do well as although she is predicted to get A* in music, drama and dance, she can no longer so all three and get them included - school forbids it now. She will be lucky to get a 3 in any subject as her disabilities prevent her from focussing, learning and retaining information.
Has anyone else heard about this and can anyone shed light on my interpretation of it.
It all seems very odd.