Absolutely fuming that my Y10 will have to waste 20 hours on an NEA task that won't count, doesnt need any formal assessment or feedback.
Ofqual backed time wasting #gcse #computerscience — Khawer Ishtiaq (@kishtiaq) January 8, 2018 Many Year 11 students have already completed huge amounts of their coursework which will now effectively go to waste.
Soon enough the first response came in with a full solution. Ofqual described how a “simple search” for a key requirement of a task on one popular forum brought up more than 40 pages of results.
“The speed with which the tasks appeared online and the number of times the discussions and solutions were viewed threatened the integrity of this aspect of the qualification,” the report by Ofqual explained.
“While not contributing to your grade, the task will continue to be an important part of the qualification,” Ofqual’s director for general qualifications, Julie Swan, wrote in a letter to students.
“Learning about a high-level programming language and having the opportunity to show that you can use it to solve problems is an important aspect of a computer science course of study.During your time spent as a student in high school and college at an undergraduate and graduate level, you will be expected to complete coursework.Your coursework will represent a percentage of your total grade, and in theory, your coursework is the way to pull your grades up.It also declared plans to treble the number of teachers specialising in Computer Science.reported Ofqual told students the decision was made “with reluctance” but “we do not want anyone to have an unfair advantage”.“We believe these changes will make the qualification as fair as it can be for all students.” We announced today that non-exam assessment will not count to the final 9 to 1 grade in GCSE computer science.More information:https://t.co/odm VMWni Ww We know not everyone will agree with the decision but most respondents (75%) to our consultation thought changes should be made — Ofqual (@ofqual) January 8, 2018 reported one student asked online for help designing a piece of software.Until this week, coursework made up one fifth of the marks for all GCSE Computer Science students’ grades in that subject.But, following the United Kingdom’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) uncovering of alarming rates of cheating, this has ended.“We know that not everyone will agree with our decision.However, if we do not act now, it would be impossible for us to correct any unfairness caused by rules being broken.” Disappointed my Y11 wasted 20 hours on an NEA task that won't count.