This morning and repeated every 30 minutes on BBC Breakfast:
There are worries that the system being used ot work out this years exam results could leave pupils at a disadvantage. End of year exams were cancelled for the first time in history because of the pandemic. Instead grades will be made up of teachers’ predictions checked by the Scottish Qualifications authority. There are also concerns that the usual backup plan of appeals will not be as effective. The SQA has said that it will only moderate estimates where necessary to make sure results are fair across the country.
Then we see one student report anxiety.
So, a scare story, to trash the reputation of Scotland’s schools and by association the minister, John Swinney, has no sources, no evidence and no balance but it will have an impact on the subconscious level – propaganda, thought control of the kind liberal democracies specialise in.
How many have expressed these worries or concerns? How big was the sample? What percentage was worried? Were they pupils, parents, teachers, researchers, trade unionists, opposition politicians? Might that be informative for the viewers?
No doubt we’ll get more detail on Reporting Scotland. Who do you think has the worries or concerns?
Do we really need to be worried about pupils being disadvantaged?
I had nearly 40 years in schools, teacher education and HE assessment. For 3 years I was Associate Dean: Quality Assurance. Based on that experience, I’d say we need to worry more about the opposite – grade inflation.
Am I alone in this?
I am a teacher and I want to know if assignments/ coursework will be marked. If so what will the process be as some schools will not have done these under timed exam conditions yet, more so higher. If we are using our profession judgement alongside evidence how much weighting needs to be on the prelim exam, especially as it isn’t always a full prelim and we know pupils can improve after getting a fright. Lastly, how are we checking the national standards as I worry some schools/ teachers may inflate grades to work in the pupils favour.
In guidance released today regarding the use of teacher-assessed grades for this summer’s GCSEs, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) advises schools not to give pupils the benefit of the doubt in awarding more grade 4s – considered a pass grade – than students would normally have achieved.
How hard would it be for BBC Scotland researchers to do what I have done in 30 minutes?