Grade boundaries

 Grade boundaries
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 04:31 PM
Joined: 4 October 2009
Posts: 2

Hi I have started a new school and they have been using last year's grade boundaries for assessing students work. They are too low in my opinion - what do you all think? 

Do you think 90% for an A* is too high?

Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 08:18 PM
Joined: 13 January 2009
Posts: 2144

Depends on the board you teach, but last year Edexcel was only 56% for an A*, however other boards where around 73-75%, so 90% would seem to high.

However, I do think grade boundaries were on the low side last year. So maybe a compromise of upping them a bit when assessing student's work.

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 07:23 PM
Joined: 1 November 2007
Posts: 2117

Edexcel was ridiculously low so I have gone 65% for an A and 75% for A*

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 10:10 PM
Joined: 19 October 2007
Posts: 89

I agree that last years are too low, especially as first time examined, different cohort etc, I’ve used 80% as an A* and 75% for A. Suppose it depends what you use it for, we use the Y12 end of year results as their UCAS predictions so are quite cautious predicting A*

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 09:01 AM
Posts: 210

For homework and small end of topic assessments I use 90/80/70 etc.
For trial exams with real papers sat under exam conditions I use 75/68/61/54/47/40. This is based on an analysis of AQA A and AQA B historic boundaries and the pass mark did seem to often be around 40% but an A* at around 75% consistently. The actual boundaries in 2017 were lower at the bottom end but in line at the top so this would seem a sensible set of boundaries to use.

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 10:44 AM
Joined: 5 January 2009
Posts: 331

I have just added 5% onto each boundary from last year, but then again OCR's boundaries out the 3 weren't too bad last year.