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In countries, and regions of countries, where government directives mean that exams cannot take place, we are switching from exams to school-assessed grades using student work, so that students can progress despite the impact of the pandemic.
Where this happens we will update schools immediately if it becomes clear that exams cannot go ahead in their country or region and we need to switch to school-assessed grades in their country or region. We are working with our regional teams worldwide to monitor the situation in countries where we work.
Overview of our approach:
Each school-assessed grade will be based on the level of achievement demonstrated by students in work that they have done. You should identify a portfolio of three substantial pieces of work for each student in each syllabus.
The types of work to be included among the three pieces of work are at the centre’s discretion. They can include one or more of any of the following:
You can find more information about how to collect evidence to use as part of your students’ portfolios in this document (PDF, 168KB).
In this document (PDF, 40KB), we explain:
Students whose results are determined by school assessment will not be systematically advantaged or disadvantaged compared to students whose grades are determined by taking exams.
On 25 March, we ran a webinar for Exams Officers about using school-assessed grades for the June 2021 series. View a recording of the session.
We will be running further webinars covering other parts of the school-assessed grades process soon – including how to use evidence to work out grades, how to use the Rationale Document, and how to submit grades to us. Look out for registration links in our weekly update emails.
*We will contact schools to request evidence during the submission window.
We may contact you as part of our Quality Assurance process after the submission window has closed. Please check your emails regularly for communications from us.