October 27, 2020
Written by Tasha Miller
The recent review of the July to August examinations by the Caribbean Examinations’ Councils (CXC) highlights some major gaps between students’ expectations and the metrics system of the institution. One of the major papers, the Student Based Assessment (SBA), which carried the weight of the marks for this year’s examinations was the result of discontentment which affected the grades received by students. In previous years, only a sample of the SBAs were submitted by teachers; however, all SBA papers were marked for the recent exams, and some were found to be graded erroneously by teachers. There was an overall lowering of the SBA grades as the CXC moderators’ marks were different from the teacher awarded grades. Therefore, final grades were severely affected.
The Paper 1 (multiple choice) and the Paper 3 (SBA) were used to cover all profiles for the grading of the examinations including the Paper 2 (written) which was not taken by the students. Therefore, the two papers would be graded beyond their normal profiles as a part of the modified approach used by the CXC.
However, the major issue amidst all the details of the grading scheme was the break in communication between CXC and students, administrators, and parents over their concerns with the preliminary final results. This led to online petitions and protests in Barbados over the initial scant disregard of the concerns by the institution.
The CXC expressed in the independent review that the concerns were taken to the media before the institution. However, the institution did not have a formalized process for addressing the queries in a timely manner. Therefore, recommendations coming from the Review Report includes a quicker response timeframe and a cheaper cost for reviews.
You can view the full report on the CXCs website for further details.
The Hope Vision will continue to monitor the latest news on the outcome of the final grades as the individual exam reviews continues.