Friday 30 October, 2020

CXC: No change in grade scheme for 2020 exams

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) said there was no change in its method of grading for this year’s examinations.

This, as Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby Dolly and Minister Lisa Morris Julien met with CXC Registrar Dr Wayne Wesley and his team on Wednesday following queries on the results of the 2020 CSEC and CAPE exams.

In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry revealed clarification was “generally given” on the weighting of the examination papers, how the grades from each paper were applied to the subject profiles and how this affected the overall composite score and the final grade assigned.

CXC said the weighting of both the Paper 1 and SBA remained the same, with the overall total score being reduced commensurate with the removal of the Paper 2 mark.

General reference, with some specific examples, of how SBA marks would have varied based on the moderation process was also provided.

Though the Ministers said the meeting proved “insightful”, they indicated they require further details.

The Ministry said trends in performance in both the Paper I and the SBA Paper by school and subject over the years would be critical to highlight the exact point of deviance between the expected and actual performance in 2020.

It further noted the need for correlation of that data with schools' track records of submitting SBA samples for moderation.

“The SBA scores of schools, which submitted samples for SBA moderation in previous years, must be compared with the scores of 2020 for a fuller understanding of the effect of the moderation process used this year,” the Ministry said.

The Ministry intends to send a third letter to CXC on Thursday requesting information, including that outlined above.

A meeting to discuss the Report of the Independent Review Team with the Council is carded for Saturday.

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