On GCSE and A Level results day, Ofqual will be providing an interactive app that allows users to compare changes to a school's grades with national and local patterns.
Although the apps won't show an individual school or college's results, they will offer teachers and senior leaders, the ability to compare their own results with the national and regional picture.
Launched for the first-time last year, the 2017 app allowed for comparison of GCSE grade distribution for the three subjects that were first to adopt the new 9 to 1 grading system: English language, English literature and maths. The interactive app allowed users to filter national data by subject and grade. The app also allowed the data for GCSE students to be broken out and examined in isolation.
The 2018 edition of the Ofqual results-comparison app will now include all the new 9-to-1 GCSEs which came onto the new grading system this year.
The app gives individuals the ability to look at any combination of one, two or three 9 to 1 GCSEs and see the grade profile for all schools and colleges in England. For example, you'll be able to look at all students who achieved at least a grade 7 in biology, and at least a grade 7 in chemistry, and see what grades they achieved in physics.
Another addition to the app for 2018, is the option to break data down by county. So, if for example you're teaching A level psychology in Cornwall, you'll now be able to see how your results look against results for all schools and colleges in Cornwall, as well as other counties. You'll also be able to see the 2017 results, so you'll be able to compare this year with last.
You'll be able to access the new apps with 2018 data soon after the 9.30am embargo on the morning of results days. The 2017 apps are already available here.
Find out more here.
First published 14 August 2018