Teachers Submit Estimated Grades to Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Posted on 28 May 2020
This week, teachers across North Ayrshire will submit pupils estimated grades for qualifications including National 5s and Highers to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
Following the cancellation of SQA 2020 exams due to Coronavirus, teachers will be using their professional judgement to submit estimated pupil grades, based on assessment evidence, homework, coursework and classwork, prelim results and the progress pupils make during the year.
The grades submitted by schools will be the significant factor in determining the most likely grade a student would have achieved if exams had gone ahead.
Under normal circumstances, the exam candidate’s estimated grade was based on their performance in all aspects of the course and reflected the candidate’s demonstration of the required skills, knowledge and understanding for the band estimated.
To make the process fair for everyone, teachers will submit their estimated grades by Friday 29 May for further detailed analysis by the SQA.
Our young people, parents and carers will be eager to know their estimated grades, however, under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, estimated grades can only be shared after the SQA official results are issued.
Requests for estimated grades from schools will be available after the release of the exam results which are expected on Tuesday 4 August 2020.
Schools across North Ayrshire want to make sure pupils get the results they deserve. Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education and Youth Employment, said: “We fully understand that this is an uncertain time for our young people who have all worked hard throughout the year, and our worried about what the current situation means for them and their future.
“During this exceptional time, we as a Council are fully committed to ensuring our pupils are awarded a fair grade which reflects the work they have put in during the course of the year.
“Our priority is to help our young people move onto the next stage of their learning, including going into employment, starting university, college courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.”
Exam results are due to be issued on August 4.
For full details please go to https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93920.html