Ministers Meet CXC Registrar to Review Results Queries

15 October, 2020: The Minister of Education, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, along with Minister Morris-Julien and Ministry officials, met with the Registrar of CXC and his team on Wednesday October 14th, 2020, regarding the queries made in both official letters written to the examination body subsequent to the release of the 2020 CSEC and CAPE results. The discussions were very detailed. Clarification was generally given on the weighting of the examination papers, and how the grades from each paper were applied to the subject profiles and therefore affected the overall composite score and the final grade assigned.

The CXC indicated that the method of grading had not been altered for 2020, and the weighting of both the Paper 1 and SBA remained the same, with the overall total score being reduced commensurate with the removal of the Paper 2 mark. The CXC also made general reference, with some specific examples, of how SBA marks would have varied based on the moderation process.

Though the meeting proved insightful, the MOE of Trinidad and Tobago requires more details than were provided. For example, trends in performance in both the Paper I and the SBA Paper by school and subject over the years would be critical to highlight the exact point of deviance between the expected and actual performance in 2020, a precursor to further elucidation regarding possible causes.

Also required is the correlation of the above-mentioned data with schools' track records of submitting SBA samples for moderation. The SBA scores of schools, which submitted samples for SBA moderation in previous years, must be compared with the scores of 2020 for a fuller understanding of the effect of the moderation process used this year.

A third letter requesting information, including that outlined above, will be dispatched to CXC on Thursday October 15th, 2020; even as the outcome of the meeting to discuss the Report of the Independent Review Team with the Council, carded for Saturday, October 17th, 2020, is awaited.

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