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Scenario 3: How do I decide between grades?

Please Note: Course Performance Descriptors are used to guide the awarding of grades for all subjects in Stage 5. The Common Grade Scale for Preliminary Courses is used to guide the awarding of grades for all subjects at the end of each Stage 6 Preliminary course.

The scenarios reflect the processes and practices that teachers may use in schools to award grades in both Stage 6 Preliminary and Stage 5 courses.


Beth:
Hi.
Anna:
Hi Beth, we’re in the process of awarding Year 10 grades and are having difficulties in determining the cut-off for each grade.
Bill:
We’ve added all the marks and have three students in the nineties and the next student’s mark is 89. But we’re not sure whether to make 90 or 88 the cut-off mark for a grade A.
Anna:
What do you think we should do? (Turn to camera) What do you think?
Insert pause
Beth:
Well, you shouldn’t have a mark in mind that will determine the cut-off. You need to consider the students’ achievements, based on the weighting or relative importance of each activity.
Anna:
So, you’re saying that the final marks should reflect the students’ achievement over the whole year?
Beth:
Yes. Now you need to refer to the course performance descriptors to relate the achievement represented by the marks to the grades.
 
Bill:
Okay, but what about Jamie whose achievement is typical of a grade A student but only got 86?
Beth:
Don’t worry about the mark; focus on the best description for Jamie.
Anna:
Okay, that means I will award Jamie an A.
Beth:
Good. Now, just apply the same process to determine all the other grades.
Bill:
Okay. This should be straightforward from now on.
Anna:
Yes, thanks for your help.
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