However, the online version has one key advantage over the printed version; it allows users to filter and cross-filter data in more detail, making possible the comparison between the results by subject in the same section at different schools or those of different sections at the same school
- Transparency and justification: More importantly, parents and students should expect (nay, demand) clearer explanation of and justification for marks given. Teachers should not only demonstrate (across a number of pre-defined skill sets) why they have given a mark but should also provide a clear path for improvement.
Parents are thus encouraged to familiarise themselves with the so-called learning objectives, assessment criteria and attainment descriptors that now accompany every secondary syllabus, and should show up to meetings with teachers well armed with information on the skills, competences and levels of attainment expected for success in the course.
That being said, there is a concern from all sides that with the lowering of the pass threshold to a 5 rather than a 6, teachers may be tempted to perform a direct “conversion” of old marks to new marks. In this case, the results could go one of two ways: 1) teachers perform a “straight-across conversion” (e.g. from 9 to 9, 8 to 8, and so on) leading to a higher pass rate but little other impact on student assessment, or 2) the teachers do not pass more students but “spread” passing results among more marks-inevitably leading to a decrease in the average. Either of these comes with risks: the first risks the reputation of the Baccalaureate and the second risks the prospects of our children. Continua a leggere