Birthdays and scores

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bnp24
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Birthdays and scores

Sorry for my ignorance but I've heard from several people something about birthdays affecting the score. In what way would birthdays affect it? DS is December born
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Re: Birthdays and scores

bnp24 wrote: Sun Nov 19, 2023 11:30 pm Sorry for my ignorance but I've heard from several people something about birthdays affecting the score. In what way would birthdays affect it? DS is December born

Many areas standardise the scores to ensure that children of similar age are compared with each other https://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/advic ... xplanation
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Re: Birthdays and scores

For the CSSE exam, the results are Looked at to see whether there is a statistically significant difference in raw scores achieved (in the English paper and the Maths paper, separately) by birth date of the candidates.

If there is, then a formula is applied to correct this - the way that the CSSE has done this, since age-adjustment was introduced a few years ago, is to apply an adjustment based on days younger than a September 1st birthday in the appropriate year (rather than e.g., comparing all September born candidates with each other, all October born with each other etc).

For the past one or two years, iirc, there has been a statistically significant difference in the English scores by age, so a adjustment has been applied to scores on that paper, but not wrt the Maths paper, so only the basic standardisation, which compares all candidates with each other, has been applied to that paper.

The CSSE usually publishes the relevant year's Standardisation Report on its website.
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Re: Birthdays and scores

Thanks TM - have found last year's report https://csse.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ ... xtract.pdf
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Re: Birthdays and scores

Annoyingly I can't attach anything but if I could, it would be this year's standardisation report which is freely available for all to see. Adjustment on both English and Maths. I'll rein it in as already commented on another thread but suffice to say...it's the ONLY exam in a child's life where when they are born helps or hinders. Scroll down on the CSSE site to find the standardisation report for 2024 entry.
https://csse.org.uk/freedom-of-information/