DfE Tables Checking Exercise- 27th September 2018

4Matrix have published Tables Checking Guidance documents for both KS4 and KS5 which can be accessed via the new page (www.4matrix.com/news) and the Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/4matrixdata)

Update issued on 4th October 2018 included the latest unvalidated estimates from the DfE. Please see the news page, above, for more information.

We hope that the DfE will release the outliers calculation/definition guidance with the Progress 8 Key Figures document in late October and we plan to apply the logic as part of a subsequent update as soon as this is ready. Please note that all Subject Progress 8 scores will report as NaN or -∞ until we have the average national entries in EBacc and Open baskets.

 Can I Import Key Stage 2 data/Scaled Scores? How do I use them?


It is possible to import Scaled Scores for the 2018/19 Y7, 8 and 9 using the Key to Success import routine (Admin > Spreadsheet > Key to Success) for these pupils.

The only tool which currently supports Scaled Scores is the new Transition Matrices tool. There is a video tutorial at www.4matrix.com/videos which goes through this in some detail.

There is currently no official guidance for using Scaled Scores with Progress 8, and there are various other caveats to consider including the Attainment 8 estimates being calculated from the previous years Year 11, not knowing the subjects that the pupils will go on to take at GCSE, and subject-specific issues such as requiring separate language and literature grades.

It is also not possible to generate Prior Attainment Bands from Scaled Scores.

Whilst we do not recommend trying to predict Progress 8 for lower year groups, entering Test Levels and Fine Points in the Pupil Markbook will force 4Matrix into showing a Progress 8 score. We are unable to advise on any conversion methods, but this has been a well-discussed topic on our Facebook group.

We are aware that there will be a number of schools starting GCSE courses for Year 9 in September 2018 that will want to start investigating Progress 8 for this year group, and we will be looking into a couple of possible options to support this during the new academic year.

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