I got the email at the end of last week – I failed Edexcel’s OSCA2 lead IV examination. Am I bothered? No!
I’ve been following BTEC Science for a few years now (this being the last) and in that time I’ve been subject to repeated external verification and a Quality Review & Development review.
From my QRD report:
There is evidence of accuracy and consistency of assessment decisions. There is also evidence of effective internal verification at the site visited.
From my EV report:
All assessment decisions agreed. Good feedback has been provided on the front sheets and grades have been annotated on the learner work which is good practice.
All assignments have been internally verified and learner work has also been sampled by the internal verifier clearly demonstrating an effective IV process.
I am confident in my ability to run BTEC within my centre – so what went wrong? On checking the commentary (an Edexcel term for mark scheme) that accompanied my OSCA2 activity I could see that I had all the technical questions relating to internal verification right. The questions I had got wrong relate to the awarding of assessment criteria – basically my standards are too high!
Reading through the scripts again it becomes obvious how easy it is to be awarded the assessment criteria, which has always been my concern with the Science BTECs I have experienced. I’m proud to say I won’t be lowering my standards and my students will continue to exceed the assessment criteria as they receive the best quality science education I can provide.
That’s why I couldn’t care less about failing my OSCA2 certification…