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Scenario 2: What do I do if my grades this year differ significantly from last year?

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.


Graham:
How’s it going Helen?
Helen:
Well, I’m in the process of awarding grades for my Year 10 students and I’ve noticed that on average they have done a lot better this year when compared to the grade history pattern provided by the Board of Studies. What should I do? (Turn to camera) What do you think?
Insert pause
Graham:
Let’s look at the possibilities of why this occurred. Have you changed your teaching program, assessment activities or the resources used? Or are they just a better group of students than in previous years?
Helen:
Well, they are a great group of students and I have rewritten the assessment activities so that they are more open ended. I think this has given students greater opportunity to demonstrate what they know and can do.
Graham:
Then, based on this, I think you should feel confident in the grades you have awarded. Don’t worry, the Board will be in touch if they require evidence to support your grading decisions. So make sure that you retain a range of work samples.
Helen:
Okay thanks Graham.
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