In 2014 Research colleagues (working with partner schools) developed a methodology to give the ‘most likely minimum grade’ for A and AS. The model is based on the full national dataset and matched against the national Level 3 VA system. It is straightforward to use and will provide immediate suggested grades.
This is part of a larger research project that aims to refine the target setting process through studying characteristics that may affect outcomes. As part of this research, we offered support for teachers looking for a data analysis project for higher qualifications.
Mass produced targets?
While administratively convenient, we do not believe targets can be set by an automated system alone. In our view, target setting needs to consider all national outcomes for similar students, but the process also needs to consider both student and specific subject factors – an individual target for each student and each course. We provide a considered baseline from which this process can take place.
All subjects are not the same!
Neither do we believe in the validity of ‘flat grading’ and the use of the same targets and baselines for different subjects. Our research has validated our thinking in this regard. We use a grade distribution (based on the national data) for each individual course.