Hi from a newby.
DS is in yr 5, so only 6 months away from school entrance exams. I've recently started browsing this forum and discovered the mind bending delights of the standardised scoring system!
We live in a bit of a no man's land - too far E for WBGS and too far W for DAO. So selective school options come down to QEB and the tiny "any other postcode" allocation at Parmiters. But, as noted in a recent thread in this section, last year's out-of catchment cutoff for Parmiters was 279.
So my question is, as an Autumn child, is it possible for DS to actually get a standardised score of 279/280 - even if by some miracle he gets a raw score of 100%? I've read the guidance on standardised scoring on this and the NFER websites, but can't find a definitive answer.
This is a largely hypothetical question, but I thought I'd ask the experts on the forum just so we know whether to completely write-off Parmiters.
Thanks in advance
I think it is theoretically possible for any child to get the maximum standardised score but it will depend on the rest of the cohort scores. If, as an Autumn DC your DS gets a raw score a certain number of marks higher than anyone else it is possible.
For example if we assume the standardisation has the effect of dropping a Sept 1st DC score by 5 marks (this is a complete guess by the way).
Next we assume that a DC gets a raw score 5 marks or more than anyone else (actual score does not matter, just where it is relative to the others).
Finally when they apply the age normalisation and mark standardisation, DC will still be top due to a raw score being top even with the removed 5 marks for being the oldest. Therefore they will receive the highest standardised score of 282.
At least that's what I think could happen. In reality, very unlikely as raw scores are typically very high especially for the top schools almost regardless of age so a 31st August DC will beat an equally smart 1st Sept DC with the same raw score.