It is less than two days after our Year 12 Drama students received their final grades and there appears a growing number of teachers confused with marks that look out of kilter this year.
Trends so far indicate examples of middle band students being elevated too high (eg. C grade students receiving B+’s and A’s), while upper band students have been receiving results significantly below their standard (eg. anticipated A+’s being awarded B’s, or lower still).
This appears to be the case in all sets of grades:
- Grade Result 1: combined written and performance internally assessed SACs
- Grade Result 2: externally assessed solo performance examination
- Grade Result 3: externally assessed written examination
Edit: But the main concern appears to be with the solo performance examination grades being lower than expected.
I won’t be creating a storm in a tea cup if there isn’t a case to be heard, but if there are other teachers out there who would like to comment about a similar situation of your own from 2008, that also appears inconsistent with previous years’ results, please add your comments to this post.
As President of Drama Victoria, it is my role to represent Victorian Drama teachers. If this issue is more than a few isolated examples and appears significant, I will discuss the matter with the VCAA in the new year.
Please encourage any colleagues of yours at other schools with similar concerns to add their comments to this post.