Underlying Data and contact details: Internal Report "Analysis of bias in the CEM11+ test for Buckinghamshire"

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Dear Durham University,

I would be most grateful if you could provide the following information regarding your Internal Report "Analysis of bias in the CEM11+ test for Buckinghamshire" https://www.cem.org/attachments/publicat....

1. The underlying matched datasets for 2014, 2015 and 2016 entry to secondary school, including: M/F, ethnicity, FSM eligibility, IDACI, KS2 APS and CEM 11+ score (total standardised STTS and components).

2. The author names and contact details for the corresponding author.

3. Institution address.

Yours faithfully,

Neal Skipper

ACCESS I., University of Durham

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ACCESS I., University of Durham

Dear Mr Skipper

Thank you for your request for information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Unfortunately, we will be unable to meet today’s deadline. We acknowledge that this is in breach of the timescale set out in the Act and duly offer our sincere apologies. We will respond to your request for information as quickly as possible.

Yours sincerely

Donna Walker
Information Governance Officer
Durham University

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ACCESS I., University of Durham

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Dear Mr Skipper

 

Thank you for your request for information from Durham University.
Colleagues have provided the information below/attached in response to
your questions.

 

I would be most grateful if you could provide the following information
regarding your Internal Report "Analysis of bias in the CEM11+ test for
Buckinghamshire"
[1]https://www.cem.org/attachments/publicat....

 

1. The underlying matched datasets for 2014, 2015 and 2016 entry to
secondary school, including: M/F, ethnicity, FSM eligibility, IDACI, KS2
APS and CEM 11+ score (total standardised STTS and components).

Please see the files attached.

 

2. The author names and contact details for the corresponding author.

This information is published online at
[2]https://www.cem.org/publications and
[3]https://www.dur.ac.uk/directory/units/gr... For this reason,
the information you have requested is exempt under section 21 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as it is reasonably accessible
otherwise than under the FOIA.

 

3. Institution address.

The Palatine Centre, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Donna Walker

Information Governance Officer

Durham University

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Dear Donna,
Very many thanks for your response to my request, and the files you attached.
In my request I asked for total standardised STTS (Secondary Transfer Test Score) and components. The STTS is calculated to provide a qualification score of 121, but I think in the data files you kindly provided, CEM have instead included a restandardised 11+ score calculated from the STTS? I would therefore be most grateful if you could provide me with files that include STTS (with a qualification score of 121).
Yours sincerely,
Neal Skipper.

ACCESS I., University of Durham

Dear Mr Skipper

Thank you for your email. Colleagues in CEM have provided the following explanation:

"This information is not held as we do not have the STTS scores (or component scores) matched to ethnicity, FSM eligibility, IDACI, KS2 APS.
However, some of this information is available from https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/educ...

Yours sincerely

Donna Walker
Information Governance Officer
Durham University

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Dear Donna,
Many thanks for your response.
I’d be very grateful if you could go back to CEM again on this.
CEM must have STTS matched to the requested fields because “CEM11+” is derived from STTS: https://www.cem.org/attachments/publicat...
All the best, Neal Skipper.