Ofqual are still to confirm whether centres can divulge the centre assessment grade and rank to students following the publication of results.
-Once they have received their result, students will have the right to: ask their centre to check whether they made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade and including them in the centre’s rank order
-raise a complaint to their centre if they have evidence of bias or that they were discriminated against; they could also pass such evidence on to the exam board who could investigate for potential malpractice
-appeal against the following centre decisions: not to seek any information the awarding body holds that would be needed for an appeal; and/or not to appeal to the awarding body.
Students cannot appeal against their school or college’s centre assessment grades and position in the rank order for the following reasons:
-the appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than the student’s teachers to judge the grade they would likely have received if the exams had taken place – in the unique circumstances of this summer Ofqual do not believe there is any such person
-an appeal would also require students to have access to the information their school or college put forward before being submitted to exam boards. This may compromise the reliability of this year’s approach.
-if one student successfully appealed against their position in the rank order, it would have negative implications for other students who would, in turn, need to be given an opportunity to appeal
Current guidance suggests that centre appeals will only be permitted on the following grounds:
-where a centre believes it has made an error when submitting its information (this must be supported by clear evidence that an error had been made by the centre)
-if a centre believes an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade Centres will not be permitted to appeal in respect of the operation or outcome of the statistical standardisation model.
However, it is still to be confirmed by Ofqual whether appeals will be permitted where there is reliable evidence of a significant demographic difference between the centre’s cohort and the historical data used for statistical standardisation