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Monday, 16 February 2009

More on Computing performance indicators

I was invited to SQA's Qualifications Management Team (QMT) meeting this morning to discuss the on-going problems with uptake, retention and pass rates in HNC/D Computing.

At last week's meeting of Computing for Change, the curriculum was identified as one of the problem areas and QMT agreed to support me in any way they can to try to address any curricular problems that need to be addressed, such as reducing the assessment load and identifying specific units with low pass rates.

So, it was a very positive meeting with a positive outcome, giving me the green light to do whatever SQA can do to help with this problem.

I did point out that due to the success of award such as PC Passport, the number of people doing vocational awards has risen significantly, with more and more people gaining qualifications in ICT and related areas.

Contact me if you want to discuss this further.

3 comments:

  1. Glad that it was a productive meeting. I agree that we should look at reducing the overall assessment load for students.

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  2. There was a supportive atmosphere at the meeting, Ron, and an acceptance that SQA is part of the problem and can be part of the solution. I am hoping to receive some funding to take this forward and look at ways we can lighten assessment, without compromising standards.

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  3. There will be another meeting of the Computing for Change steering group on Wednesday 11 March. Hopefully we can progress some of the other (non-SQA) issues.

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