Here are three things we often hear:
- GCSEs used to be criterion referenced.
- My school can’t improve because of Ofqual’s approach.
- There is a cap on the number of each grade awarded.
None of these is true.
“GCSEs used to be criterion referenced.”
Criterion referencing involves measuring a student’s performance against pre-determined criteria, or learning outcomes - written descriptions of what students should know and be able to do. For a qualification to be criterion referenced, the criteria would have to be very clear so that all those involved in assessing students had a common…