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Subject names not complete in Progress 8, EBacc and Borderline
Update 3.6.0.0 introduced short names for subjects. This was added to 4Matrix as a solution to an acute technical issue with the display in some screens, which will be exacerbated as we move towards t...
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Science not showing in EBacc or Progress 8
If you are finding that Science subjects are not displaying in the EBacc or Progress 8 tools then please check the following: First please go to Help > About 4Matrix and check you’re using versio...
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Progress 8 guidance for 2016/17 Year 11
Please refer to this document: http://www.4matrix.com/help/progress8_2017_onwards_4.pdf 
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Borderline Analysis blue grades/cells
Grades/cells in blue indicate that they are excluded from measures. There are 3 possible reasons that grades are excluded: The student can only have the 2 highest vocational courses included in the Pe...
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Borderline Analysis is blank
This is usually caused by either: Duplicate subject names in the same series or conflicts with a field in the database (such as Photography being shortened to Photo which is also a field in the databa...
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Can I change or add to the fields that show on pupil reports?
This is not currently possible to do, except in Pupil Summary where there are 8 fields which can be included/hidden. A custom report builder is planned for release in January 2017, which provide far g...
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Can I import and use A Levels in a GCSE/KS4 series?
It is not possible to import A Levels into a GCSE series - only AS Levels. Full A levels do not contribute towards performance measures.
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Can I import and use GCSEs in a KS5/A Level series?
It is not currently possible to import GCSEs into a KS5 series. We do plan to support the English and Maths GCSE retakes measure prior to August 2017, but it is as yet undecided whether or not we will...
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Can I print the Flight Path for a class or group of pupils?
Yes - but only for the subject settings that are shown on screen, and not on the same graph (so that's 1 graph per pupil). In the Flight Path tool go to File > Print and you will see the group sele...
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Can I see a summary of those above, on and below target in Series Comparison?
You will need to export the Table view from Series Comparison and calculate this manually outside of 4Matrix. We do plan to improve and add to this tool in 2017, with the above feature a priority.
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EBacc figures not correct
This is usually for 1 of 2 reasons: The first may be related to 'missing' subjects. Pupils are required to enter for English Language and Literature, Maths, a complete Science Pathway, a Language and ...
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English Literature doesn't appear to be counting
This is usually related to the English Language mapping, check that it is not mapped to the English Language and Literature combined award as this will discount subsequent entries in 'single' English ...
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Fine Grades tool definitions
The idea of this tool is to try and predict the schools 5A*-C count by specifying how certain you are that specific ‘groups’ of pupils will achieve the measure;  
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How can I change the Subject Tracking tool to show series in a different order?
The order in which series are displayed is determined by the Termly Position Slider, which is set during the Import process. It can be adjusted after this using Admin > Edit Series. You can also sh...
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How can I check which version of 4Matrix I'm using?
In 4Matrix go to Help > About 4Matrix. The version is shown under the main logo.
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How can I print and export data from 4Matrix?
You can print and export data from almost all tools in 4Matrix using the File menu in the top left of the application. It also possible to save the report in various formats from the Print Preview dia...
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How do I create a Research Group?
Under the Home tab go to the Research Groups tool. Click [+ New] in the top left and give your group a name. in the top right click [+ Add Pupils]. You can filter pupils by hovering over a column head...
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How do I import 9-1 GCSE grades?
In the 3rd step of the import, Map Data, searching for '(subject) 9-1' (i.e. Art 9-1) will return 9-1 qualifications to map to. All approved 9-1 qualifications for 2017 and 2018 are in the 4Matrix dat...
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How is double/combined Science handled in Progress 8?
Science Double Awards that are included in the EBacc measure can now take up to two slots (use 2 entries in P8), as indicated in the official Progress 8 Technical Guide (link on DfE pages and RaiseOnl...
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In-school training
Please see www.4matrix.com/training for more information.
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Is there a way to lock down Research Groups?
It is not possible to 'lock' Research Groups. 4Matrix is a powerful research and diagnostic tool and it's designed for all staff to use. We do not intend to limit the functionality so that, for exampl...
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Levels of progress with 9-1 grades
Please refer to Appendix H in the full application guide.
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Performance measures guidance for 2014-2018 (KS4)
You can find a list of approved EBacc and valid qualifications for inclusion in performance measures in the RaiseOnline
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Progress 8: Can I see an individual pupil's subject Progress 8 score?
No - although we calculate this behind the scenes in order to calculate the subject's Progress 8 score, a pupil's subject score is hidden from the display as it would make the grid unmanageable.  We ...
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Progress 8: Pupils are meeting FFT Targets but score is still low
This is due to the estimated/target points for pupils being based on the old points system, and actual attainment being based on the new system. Please see the attached document for further informatio...
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Progress 8 filtering by class gives a different A8 and P8 score at bottom of subject column vs stats in bottom right
This is because the scores shown at the bottom of the subject column are based on entries in the subject only, whereas the scores in the bottom right of the display are the overall figure (all subject...
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Progress 8 KS2 starting points
A pupil's KS2 baseline for Progress 8 is based on the average of their English and Maths Fine Points scores. You should check that these have been imported, along with Test Levels and TAs where possib...
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Progress 8 score doesn't match Tables Checking (2016 unvalidated results)
The most common reason for this is incorrect key stage 2 (base) data. Please refer to the attached PDF for more information.
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Progress 8 starting points blank even though I have imported Fine Points
There are usually 2 possible reasons for this; You have only imported Fine Points for each pupil. This is not enough. 4Matrix requires Test Levels and Teacher Assessments for all pupil, where possibl...
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Progress 8 subject scores - calculations
In the default Subjects Grades view, you will find a P8 score for each subject at the bottom of each subject column - note that this is NOT an official measure and it uses our own methodology. The sub...
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Progress 8 subject scores - English and Maths not matching basket scores
Assuming that you have grades for both language and Literature, the Progress 8 scores shown at the bottom of each of those columns will not match the English Basket calculation. The subject score is e...
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Results Overview Definitions (KS4)
KS4 2017 APS: Average Points Score of subjects that a pupil takes in 9-1 format. All weights limited to 1 and only for subjects that count in performance measures.
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School Overview - what do the APS figures mean?
The examples below are based on the 9-1 GCSE points.   APS: The first figure is the average points score per pupil. For example, if one pupil scores 50 points and another scores 40, the averag
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Series Comparison not matching subjects correctly
This may indicate that you have duplicate subjects in your database. Sometimes, duplicate subjects can appear in your database which then show in tools such as Series Comparison, meaning that you are ...
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Subject Summary Commentaries, Residuals, Distribution etc
Grades A-C This shows the number of pupils achieving grades in this range (or equivalent).  The national expectation of A*-C numbers for a typical school has also been calculated. This estimate is ca...
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Subject not showing in KS5 Value Added tool
The KS5 VA tool will include A level, Academic and Applied subjects only. Vocational subjects and subjects that do not contribute to performance measures will not appear on this display.
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User cannot see networked printers and/or correct file directories
This is a known issue with older versions of 4Matrix (specifically Launcher.exe). If updates are run as an Admin user, it logs in using the that same admin account that is specified in the 4Matrix Net...
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When will 4Matrix update displays to better support 9-1 grades?
This will be a gradual process. Almost all graphs, residual calculations and grade counts and differences are based on the old QCA system.  School Overview, Progress 8, EBacc, EM Thresholds, KPI Summ...
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Why does double/combined science not register as 2 entries?
4Matrix has never registered double/triple grades as being worth 2 or more entries, even in pre-2014 measures before weight and points capping. But, you will find that it registers as 2 (or 3) under ...
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What is the Progress 8 View/Change Coefficients option and how should I use it?
Use this function to increase or decrease the Attainment 8 estimates by a percentage. This feature has been added in order to aid with the tracking of future cohorts and prepare for best and worst cas...
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When I open 4Matrix it goes straight to the Dashboard without asking me to log in
This would imply that you use Active Directory in school and 4Matrix is using your Windows ID to log in to the system. If this is the case, and you find that the Admin tab is missing when you should b...
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Why is 4Matrix treating a 4 as a pass?
We are aware that this is an 'issue' in some displays - however, a 4 is worth points which correlates with a grade C, and so A*-C counts will include a 4 as the threshold. As at December 2016, School ...
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When calculating Progress 8, can the spare English grade count in the EBacc basket?
No - if a pupil is entered for both English Language and Literature, the higher of the 2 grades is doubled and the 'spare' grade can only count in the Other/Open basket (provided there are not 3 other...
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What do the Difference and Variance columns mean in Series Comparison?
KS4 Difference: The direction of the 'spread' of results expressed in points. Sum of all points differences for all pupils divided by number of pupils. A difference of 6 is 1 GCSE grade, and so a diff...
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Value Added for Subjects (KS5)
Scenario 1: Subject shows in the VA report but "Est" and "VA" are blank Check that student has both KS4 APS and KS4 APS (GCSE) in the markbook. The KS4
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Unhandled Exception (Object Reference) error occurs when trying to access tools in 4Matrix
These errors are usually non-specific and may require a Support Agent to check. First of all, check you're using the latest version of 4Matrix by going to Help > About 4Matrix and cross-reference ...
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Levels of Progress for double award GCSE number grades (Combined/Trilogy Science etc)
The 2 science grades are added together and then divided by 2. You can then look up the equivalent QCA points values in our application guide (Help > KS4 guide > View Online and search for Appen...
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Mixing NC Levels and GCSE grades
It is not advised to have NC levels and GCSE grades in the same series, as the analysis for one set of grades will not work for the other. For this reason, it is not possible to import both sets of gr...
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KS5 headline figures in 4Matrix do not match the results in the performance tables
In 2016, the method used for calculating KS5 performance figures changed completely.  4Matrix uses the published guidelines to calculate headline figures based on the data that you have entered into ...
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Error: Base 64 String
This error is photo-related and usually implies that an invalid 'string' is stored as the pupils photo in the database. In the series that causes the error, go to Admin > Edit Pupils. 1) Click thro...
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Why are there different residual values reported in 4Matrix in different tools?
Please see article 47.
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