This is a particularly significant update. It contains a host of major new features and several improvements, including the provisional 2019 Attainment 8 Estimates. The full changelog can be downloaded from https://www.4matrix.com/files/change/22.214.171.124.pdf
Updates not applying? Please see https://www.4matrix.com/updatefix BEFORE logging a ticket!
Key to Success Import Method
The Admin > Spreadsheet > Key to Success import method can be used to import the following:
1) Key stage 2 base data for use with key stage 4 performance measures
2) Key stage 4 APS (all and GCSE only) for use with key stage 5 performance measures
Note that any blank values in the Key To Success extract will not overwrite existing data in the 4Matrix Markbook. Users may wish to clear the Markbook prior to re-importing any data, which you can do, one column at a time, using the Clear function in the top right of the Edit Markbook tool.
Tables Checking Import Method
Use this method if you are unable to access Key To Success.
Tables Checking is usually open from late September for 2 weeks, and again the following June for 2 weeks. It includes data for your current Y11 and Y13 pupils.
Importing KS4 APS: 2017/18 Y13 (Tables Checking)
PART 1 – CLEAR EXISTING KS4 APS FIGURES FROM PUPIL MARKBOOK
PART 2 – IMPORT FROM TABLES CHECKING
The data will appear in 4Matrix, with just Forename, Surname, Gender, KS4 APS, KS4 APS (GCSE) and Disadvantaged columns
It may appear that some data is missing i.e. only 1 of the KS4 APS columns is populated, but this is because the pupil did not study any subjects which required the 2nd value i.e. a pupil who took all A Levels would only require the KS4 APS (GCSE) figure.
The Disadvantaged indicator has been included to make this easy to import if you don’t already have a Custom Field/Research Group for these pupils.
As part of the process of copying your Tables Checking data into 4Matrix, the Disadvantaged indicator is updated from 0 and 1 to F (False) and T (True).
To import this as a Custom Field, in Map Data, select Column Type: Custom and then click the green ‘+’ icon that appears. Follow the prompts to add a new Custom Field and complete the map for this column.
Finish the import as normal and your new KS4 APS figures will show in the Admin > Pupil Markbook tool and in all KS5 Value Added tools.
Importing KS4 APS: 2018/19 Y13 and beyond (Manual Spreadsheet Import)
The KS4 APS figure shown in KS4 series is based on and designed for KS4 performance measures. It is not necessarily the same figure that will be used when setting the KS4 APS as the baseline for KS5 measures. This can be for a number of reasons:
1) 4Matrix is unable to automatically include points from qualifications that count in previous series and/or from previous years for the same pupil in a single series
2) 4Matrix will always use the qualification setting for the active year i.e. for 2018/19 Y11, they use the 2019 calculation engine and all the qualifications they take are handled in accordance with 2019 statuses as issued by the DfE
3) 4Matrix series will be based on First Entry, not Best Entry (the latter is used for the APS for KS5 calcs) and this also ties in with the points above about needing the 'missing' grades from previous years in the same series and then these also being handled in the way that the KS5 measure requires
Users can still go ahead and generate a GCSE and ALL APS score with the caveat that it is only provisional until the data is available from Key To Success or Tables Checking.
PART 1 – CLEAR EXISTING KS4 APS FIGURES FROM PUPIL MARKBOOK
PART 2 – OBTAINING KS4 APS INCLUDING ALL SUBJECTS
PART 3 – OBTAINING KS4 APS FOR GCSE SUBJECTS ONLY
Note: Skip this part if your school does not offer BTECs or other GCSE equivalents
PART 4 – IMPORT THE DATA INTO 4MATRIX
Once you have both exports, you can create a master spreadsheet so that it includes Forename, Surname, Gender, UPN and then your 2 columns for KS4 APS and KS4 GCSE APS next to each other.
If you did not work through Part 3 (above) because you only offer GCSE qualifications, this can be imported as the only KS4 APS value.
The spreadsheet can then be imported via the Spreadsheet > Pupils/Results route. Make sure you choose to add it to the Y11 series (NOT Y12/13 – as you are importing all students for the cohort, not just those that have continued into key stage 5).
In Step 3, Map Data, set the Column Type to Markbook Result and type KS4 into the search. Two options will become available: KS4 APS and KS4 APS GCSE. Select the correct option for each column and continue the import.
External students joining Year 12
You will have to calculate the KS4 APS figures manually for any external students joining Year 12. This could be done by referencing exam results certificates or an export from your MIS into Excel, replacing grades with points values where necessary.
Value Added in 4Matrix – No data showing
If you are working with a subject which you believe should be showing on this display, it may be that there is no previous national data for the subject (if it's a brand new qualification type). We recommend checking the latest Ready Reckoner in the first instance to see if the qualification QAN is included here. If it’s not, this confirms that it is a new qualification for which there is no previous national data.
The other reason may be to do with the national subject code in 4Matrix, as in some rare cases, this may not match the code which was included in the Ready Reckoner. A quick fix for this is to change the KS5 VA Subject value in Admin > Edit Qualifications using the table in the bottom right of the display, but this should be carried out with caution. If you need further information in relation to this then please contact us.
Subjects that do not contribute to performance measures will not appear in any Value Added tools in 4Matrix.
When the DfE published 2018 Level 3 Value Added data to schools in September 2018, they updated the prior attainment calculations to use 9-1 points, rather than the old QCA points (58-0)
Paragraphs 5.7 to 5.10 of the 16 to 18 Accountability Technical Guide give an overview of how prior attainment is to be calculated. They confirm that from 2018 onwards:
"Prior attainment in L3VA reflects the points scales used at KS4 in the current reporting year for all students (e.g. for the 2018 L3VA, the scale used for GCSE and other qualifications will be the points used in the 2018 key stage 4 performance tables). Qualifications in scope will be all those approved in key stage 4 performance tables in any year from 2014 onwards. Simple discounting rules will apply, with the best result in any subject used when calculating the average point score. As before, re-sits or additional qualifications gained during 16-18 are ignored."
There are two major changes here that we need to be aware of:
1. The points used will not be the ones that were valid for the year that the student counted in KS4 performance measures. Instead, they are the ones valid for the year that the student will count in the Level 3 measure. In 2016, KS4 outcomes were measured in points from 8-1 (with an A* worth 8 points). However, for those same students, having completed post-16 study and counting in the KS5 tables in 2018, their KS4 prior attainment APS will be measured in points from 9-1 (with an A* worth 8.5 points).
2. All approved qualifications from 2014 onwards will be in scope. This may mean that students have results which did not count towards their KS4 APS at the time of completing Y11, but which will count in the KS4 APS calculation used for the Level 3 VA measure.
In summary, the way that students' KS4 APS is measured as an end-of-KS4 outcome will be different to the way that it is measured for use as the baseline for the Level 3 Value Added measure at KS5. For this reason, it is unfortunately not possible to simply to take the KS4 APS calculated in 4Matrix for a student at the end of Y11 and use it as their KS4 APS as they move into KS5, without independently verifying the APS values.
Finally, it is worth noting that there is no comprehensive guidance available yet on exactly how the KS4 APS is to be calculated, particularly in areas of discounting. For this reason, any KS4 APS figures generated for current cohorts should be considered an estimate only.
NB: Please note that if you use ALPS to set targets, they use their own calculation for KS4 APS, and this is different again. You cannot use your ALPS APS figure in 4Matrix, or vice versa. Please see this guide from ALPS which gives more information - unfortunately we are not able to advise further on this and suggest contacting ALPS for further information if required: https://alps.education/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/GCSE-score-baseline.pdf
Article revised: 29/08/2019
Article ID: 173
Category: Importing Data
Date added: 27/11/2017 15:52:13
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