Education Minister meets with CXC Registrar

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    CXC's Office in Jamaica. (Image via cxc.org)

    Education Minister Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly has met with CXC’s Registrar regarding the queries for the 2020 CSEC and CAPE results.

    During yesterday’s discussions, the Ministry says clarification was generally given on the weighting of the exam papers, and how the grades were applied to the subject profiles, thereby affecting the overall composite score and final grade.

    CXC reportedly indicated that the method of grading had not been altered for 2020, and that the weighting of both the Paper 1 and SBA remained the same, with the overall total score being reduced accordingly with the removal of the Paper 2 mark.

    It also made general reference, with some specific examples, of how SBA marks would have varied based on the moderation process.

    The Ministry however says while the meeting proved insightful, it still requires more details than were provided, especially as it relates to the marking of SBAs.

    It says: “For example, 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, a precursor to further elucidation regarding possible causes. Also required is the correlation of the above-mentioned 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.”

    It says a third letter requesting information will be dispatched today.

    It also reminds that on Saturday, a meeting will be held to discuss the Report of the Independent Review Team with the Council.