GCSE, AS and A Level, Projects, Core Maths, FSMQ, Entry Level (GQ), Cambridge Nationals
What is the ‘rank order’?
This is the order of students within each grade for each subject, say a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths or a B in A Level Biology. Here’s an example:
‘if you have 15 students for GCSE maths for whom you have given a centre assessment grade of 5, then you should rank the 15 Grade 5 students from 1 to 15, with 1 as the most secure/highest attaining, 2 as the next most secure/highest attaining and so on.’
Don’t give two students the same rank. We need your rank order to be as accurate as possible.
How do I rank order students if there is more than one class taking the subject?
All students within your school or college taking the same subject need to be put into a rank order. You’ll need to work with the other teachers in your department to agree a standard and to rank order all the students. Remember, you can’t give two students the same rank.
How do I rank order students for tiered qualifications?
You should produce a single rank order of your candidates for each qualification. For tiered qualifications, this should include all candidates, whether they are entered for Foundation or Higher tier.
Within your rank order, you must make sure that centre assessment grades are appropriate for the tier each candidate is entered for.
Should the rank order only be for students in the same year group? For example, what if we have some year 12 re-sit students as well as year 11 students?
You should include all candidates entering for a qualification in a single rank order.
What about private candidates who were going to take exams this summer?
If you had exam entries from private candidates and your Head of Centre is confident that teachers have seen sufficient evidence of their achievement, you can submit centre assessment grades and include them within your rank order of students too.
This update from JCQ outlines further options on helping private candidates, and other students with whom you have a different relationship from your main cohort, to get results this summer.
For any students due to complete a Cambridge Technical qualification this summer, we will ask you to provide a centre assessment grade and a rank order for each unit. We will not be asking you for grades or rank orders at qualification level.