Calculate GCSE score baseline with a mixture of A*-G and 9-1

23rd June 2017

Introduction

In Summer 2017, the first cohort of students will be receiving numeric 9-1 grades in reformed GCSE subjects – English and maths. This cohort will therefore have a mixture of reformed and unreformed grades, with most results being under the unreformed A*-G structure.

These students will be starting their Key Stage 5 study in September, so schools and colleges will need A level, AS level and BTEC Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs) for their students from Alps. They will also require GCSE score baselines to calculate value added scores for monitoring reports or in Alps Connect.

Alps have researched a number of options including the DfE transitional points being used by Progress 8 calculations for KS4. We have concluded that the best approach is to retain the existing Alps bands and points systems to provide stability and simplicity for the forthcoming year. The grades 9-1 will be allocated an Alps Point for 2017 September starters.

As there is no data about the true distribution of reformed points we are unable to create benchmarks that are based on actual data of combinations of reformed and unreformed grades. However, by converting the three reformed subjects, our 2017 benchmarks will continue to relevant for target setting and monitoring students.

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