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Education Select Committee Chair @halfon4harlowMP claims @ofqual are essentially saying ‘not me, gov’ when determining blame for exams results fiasco. #Ofqual chair Roger Taylor says it was a “fundamental mistake" to believe the algorithm would "ever be acceptable to the public”.
Roger Taylor tells @CommonsEd - first option #OFQUAL they gave the secretary state was to offer exams in a "socially distanced manner", the second was to delay exams. It was the secretary of state who decided that exams would be cancelled, he says.
Roger Taylor Ofqual Chair says “we initially advised against cancelling exams.” They told DfE they shouldn't use mock exams for grades but DfE went ahead anyway. Ofqual claim they did everything they were asked to do by ministers.
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@carolecadwalla Trying to research Role of Information Commission (IC) @ICOnews & inherent contradictions of "Independent" regulatory body given powers of State?
Does this look like a covert threat to IC here!??
NB: New appointees in DCMS + Cabinet Office now control IC!? Image
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Its 'Summer Symposium' deck strongly implies the model was developed in-house by @ofqual itself:… - which appears to be confirmed by reports that #Ofqual 'turned away' offers of external expertise:…

There is mention of an...
...'Expert Advisory Board' but it's unclear whether this is different from / separate to @ofqual's 'Standards Advisory Group':… - and as no Board papers have been published since September 2019, it's rather difficult to tell.

The only contract...
...@ofqual appears to have awarded on #ContractsFinder in 2020 is for printing and reprographics:… - though I'd be wary of assuming no other tenders occurred; Government and ALBs have strayed 'off framework' quite a bit during the pandemic.
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"The #OFQUAL #algorithm is a gross misuse of statistics... there is a special place in hell for those who use maths to hide rather than reveal the truth, this algorithm is hiding the achievement of this generation of young people." my @ChronicleLive blog…
Most people now think the #AlevelResults should not stand, whether the Govt will recognise that or not is another matter. But we shouldn't blame #algorithms for this huge injustice - like most technology they are neither good nor bad in themselves
And I don't blame those who wrote the #algorithm I do think #engineers (like me) & #datascientists should take a 'do no harm' oath like doctors, but currently there is no framework for that & they were presumably working to a spec
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The Govt #OFQUAL algorithm expressly discriminates against ambitious Comprehensive schools stretching their students to achieve the very best, schools like #SacredHeart in #Newcastle - my blog for @ChronicleLive #AlevelResults…
Here is what one of the downgraded students told me "I can’t sleep because my hopes and dreams have been shattered. With less than one month to go, I don’t know what university I will be attending because my first choice university was snatched away from me... #alevels2020
...this is devastating and disgraceful! We’re being punished by the government’s algorithm, when it is our teachers who know us best. The government has failed our generation and have destroyed our destiny’s."#ALevelsResults
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@chrischirp @mikegalsworthy
Met up with an old pal today - smart fella.
We were talking about the #OFQUAL
#AlevelResults fiasco. What neither of us could understand is why they standardised against previous performance of schools which tells you nothing about individuals.
2/4 If they really can't trust teachers' predicted grades (which seems ridiculous), surely they have significant previous performance data for the majority of pupils in the shape of their GCSE results (or even KS2 stats). As a normalising variable, this gives much richer data
3/4 to correlate the performance of individuals to and insight into whether teachers may have inflated predicted grades. This would remove the aggregating effect of a school's historically poor performance and prioritise pupils with clear ability.
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