2019 National Reference Test results by ethncity

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Dear Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation,

I read with interest your report, NRT Annual Statement:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

I was writing to see if you could provide math and reading results for the 2019 year by ethnicity (preferably narrow groupings like Indian, Chinese, and Caribbean).

Specifically, I would like sample sizes, means, and standard deviations by ethnicity.

Yours faithfully,

John Fuerst

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

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Dear Mr Fuerst

We apologise for the delay in responding to your request. We are in the process of considering your request and will respond as soon as possible.

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Freedom of Information Team
Ofqual

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Dear Ofqual FOI,

I am writing to remind you about this outstanding FOI request.

I appreciate that there may be delays owing to the pandemic. However, could you acknowledge if you are still processing the request? I am collecting data for an I/O meta-analysis and so need to keep track of the outstanding requests for due diligence. I hope you can understand.

Yours sincerely,
John Fuerst

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Mr Fuerst

Thank you for your email. I am sorry for the delay in replying to your request. I can confirm that we are processing your request and hope to respond to you in the near future.

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Freedom of Information Team
Ofqual

• Office: 0300 303 3344
• Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

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Dear Ofqual FOI,
The request is now significantly delayed. When can I expect the information?
Yours sincerely,
John Fuerst

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Mr Fuerst

I do apologies for the continued delay. We hope to respond to you next week.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Ofqual

• Office: 0300 303 3344
• Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

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Dear Mr Fuerst

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request. May I apologise for the delay in responding to you.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Ofqual

• Office: 0300 303 3344
• Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

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Dear Ofqual FOI,

Thank you for your reply.

However, you seem to provide the "Percentage of students above threshold from 2019 GCSE", which you label est. %, where I originally requested the means.

The means would be equivalent to your "Summarised Classical Test Theory Statistics for the English/Math Tests in 2019: Average Score Attained." Please refer to your report, "National Reference Test Results Digest 2019".

Might you please provide the "Average Score Attained" (based on classical test theory statistics) by grade by ethnic groups. For reference, see your Table 3.1. here:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

Yours sincerely,

John Fuerst

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Mr Fuerst

Thank you for your email. In the NRT analysis framework, the classical test theory statistics referred to are used for examining the functioning of the NRT test booklets, as noted in the text around the Table 3.1 referred to. They are not used as indicators of student performance or ability. Item Response Theory (IRT) modelling is used to derive measures of student ability. The IRT-based measures form the basis of the estimated percentages of students attaining key grades, which are the results of the NRT. More information about the analysis of NRT test data and the reporting of NRT results can be found in the published Background Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

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Freedom of Information Team
Ofqual

• Office: 0300 303 3344
• Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

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Dear Ofqual FOI,

Thank you for the reply, you said:
"Item Response Theory (IRT) modelling is used to derive measures of student ability. The IRT-based measures form the basis of the estimated percentages of students attaining key grades, which are the results of the NRT."

Could you then please provide the IRT standard scale scores by group? As you know, pass rates are nonlinear transformations of means.

Yours sincerely,
John Fuerst

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Mr Fuerst

Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying to your latest request. We are currently looking into your request.

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Freedom of Information Team
Ofqual

• Office: 0300 303 3344
• Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

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Dear Ofqual FOI,

I appreciate possible delays related to the pandemic. I am writing to verify that you are still working on the request. If you could let me know, I would appreciate it.

Yours sincerely,

John Fuerst

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Thank you for your request, made under the Freedom of information Act 2000
(the Act). We will deal with your request in line with the Act.

 

Please note that due to Covid-19 we might not be able to respond within
statutory timelines. We will respond as soon as we can.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

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Dear Mr Fuerst

May I thank you for your patience in this matter. Please find attached our response to your freedom of Information request.

Kind regards.

Freedom of Information Team
Ofqual

• Office: 0300 303 3344
• Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

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