Dear Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex,

I’m conducting research into selection tests and would like to request information regarding the latest tests set by CSSE last Autumn. Please could you provide per applicant
1) raw scores for each test
2) birth month and
3) gender

I'd also like to know what subjects are tested (which will be clear from #1 above) but also what weighting is given to each individual test.

Please could you provide this information in a format suitable to enable further analysis (Excel or CSV)?

Thanks very much
Best wishes
James Coombs

SIF Admin, Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex

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Thank you for your email.

As requested, please find attached a spreadsheet showing raw test scores, sorted by birth month and gender.

Candidates sit two test papers, one in English and one in Mathematics. The standardised marks are totalled in the ratio 1:1. Thus 50% of the final total is attributed to the English and 50% to the Mathematics.

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Dear CSSE Admin,

Thank you very much for providing summary information relating to my request. I would like to clarify that I have not requested for the information to be aggregated and would like to reiterate that my request is to provide, per applicant
1) raw scores for each test
2) birth month and
3) gender

best wishes
James Coombs

SIF Admin, Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex

Thank you for your email.

The release of individual scores is restricted by the Data Protection Act. Each individual data subject would need to give their consent: even if the data is anonymised. The data can only be released in appropriately aggregated form.

Regards
CSSE Admin

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Dear Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex's handling of my FOI request 'Test results linked to age and gender'.

It’s not clear from your reply which exemption you are relying on, however if it is section 40(2) then I would refer you to Reading School vs the Information Commissioner which is available here:
http://informationrights.decisions.tribu...

The court looked in great detail at whether anonymised 11+ test results constituted personal data and summarised, ‘We have decided that information held by the Appellant (“the School”) regarding the results of its entrance tests had been sufficiently anonymised that it did not constitute the personal data of those who took the tests. The information is not therefore capable of falling within the exemption from disclosure provided by section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) (third party personal data whose disclosure would breach data protection principles).’

Their decision was unanimous.

If I have misunderstood your reply and you are relying on other exemptions then please could you advise which exemptions these are and why you feel they apply. If you are unclear about anything, the Information Commissioner offers advice over the phone and is always very helpful.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

James Coombs

SIF Admin, Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex

Dear Mr Coombs,

Your request has been reviewed. The data which you requested has been provided. It has been aggregated to preserve the anonymity of the test candidates, in circumstances where you have asked for the data to be sub-divided by gender and month of birth. This is distinct from the request to Reading School and the judgement of the ICO. The CSSE has to be mindful that data placed in the public domain, from this request and in combination with other potential and actual requests, should not be so specific as to allow the possibility that an individual's score may be deduced.

Regards,
CSSE Office

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Dear SIF Admin,

The Information Commissioner's notice FS50730695, dated 11 October, has instructed you to release the information within 35 days. Should you fail to do so for any reason I will ask her to seek an enforcement order through the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the FOIA 2000.

Yours sincerely,

James Coombs

SIF Admin, Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex

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Test Results 2019 Entry.

Test results for all candidates were posted by first class post on Monday
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Practice Packs: Orders will be processed term time only. Orders received
during the holiday closure period will be processed when the office
reopens. Please do not email details of your debit card to this office.
Emailed orders will not be processed.

 

Any other matters raised in your email will be responded to when the
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telephone our office with any further queries.

 

 

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1 March 2019

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Dear Mr Coombs,

Further to your request for information on the 2018 Entry CSSE Examination, please find attached a spreadsheet showing, per candidate:-

1. the raw scores for each test
2. birth month and
3. gender

Regards
CSSE Admin

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The ICO decision, asserting that these data do not constitute personal data is here:
https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

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