May 2013 - Results Analysis
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Main ACS Egham Figures and Analysis for May 2013
It has an excellent year for ACS Egham and the students have achieved superb results and some of the best figures we have ever received.

The average point score is the best that ACS Egham has achieved in its twelve years of IB Diploma history. The pass rate is again excellent with one just missing out with 24 points (who actually passed after retaking his TOK essay in the November session). Obviously the average point score compares favourably with our other ACS schools who have an average of 33 this year, and schools such as TASIS with an average of 31.

We are proud that we continue to allow students who wish to study the IB Diploma to join our programme and support them through the trials and tribulations over the two years - against many schools in the independent sector that will have strict admissions policies and only those students with the best academic records being able to access the wonderful IB Diploma programme.


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TOK/EE Bonus Points

TOK/EE Bonus points and therefore achievement in the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge courses was excellent this year with 1.44 as the average number of points.



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ACS Egham Figures against World Distribution
Looking at the distribution of grades against last years world averages it can be seen that we have an excellent distribution - with many high performers. This is especially true at the 40 point mark - and this year we had our highest number of students gain over 40 points which was 21% of the cohort.

Our highest performer received 43 points which was extremely pleasing, however we believe at ACS Egham the strength of our cohort is that each student has their own targets and goals and whether a student passes with 25 points or 43 points it is just as pleasing.

Our students have been highly successful at accessing the Universities of their choices in both the US, Canada, UK and Europe. With students going to Universities/Colleges including Duke University, Kings College London, Bristol University, Royal Holloway, London School of Economics, Birmingham University, Warwick University, Queen Mary's, University of East Anglia, University College London, University of Toronto ...

A full list of placements will be published in due course.

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ACS Egham Figures Against Average World Scores and UK Scores
We have continued to do analysis of our students results over time - and from the graph on the left you can see that as a school we have continued to concentrate and develop our programme to support students to achieve to the best of their ability and our average scores compare favourably with the world averages.

It is also interesting to see that where I have been able to access UK school results - which is a highly competitive market with many highly selective independent schools involved in the IB Diploma that in the last two years we have achieved above this average also.

Each cohort is different - and statistics can change however we believe we have the support structures in place for students to continue to have such success.


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Average Point Score Over Time
Similarly looking at the average point score over time shows varied but generally continued improvement.

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Boys Vs Girls Achievement


As we have expressed before the achievement of boys vs girls continues to be an area that we focus on in terms of how we support and intervene in students studies to maxmise their learning and achievement.

Girls have continued to achieve slightly higher in most areas of the Diploma at ACS Egham, and this is mirrored in other statistics and figures around the world. In fact in the last 9 years no female students have failed the IB Diploma at ACS Egham. Boys continue to have success but as a school with a growth mindset we will continue to focus on how all our students can improve and maximise their achievement through improved learning.

As a school this is the beginning of the anaylsis that we do, as each department will bring together specific exam analysis and goals for the coming year to continue to support students int heir subject areas. We as a school monitor and bring together these results internally in a full report that enables us to focus year upon year in improvement not necessarily in raw scores but in vale added growth for our students.



May 2012 - Results Analysis
Another excellent year at Egham with our largest cohort of students ever - where 45 out of 46 passed their IB Diploma at a 98% pass rate.We were especially pleased that even as we continue to have a non-selective policy of admission to the full Diploma so many students achieved so well and we kept the same average pass score as last year. In fact this year all students sat the full Diploma so congratulations must go to the students but also the teachers and support staff that made it possible for them. Please note each year we publish our results through the Independent Schools Council which is accessible by the following link -
http://www.isc.co.uk/research/Publications/exam-results/exam-results-2012 and has comparisons with 51 other schools that participate.

IB International benchmark from 2011
(note 2012 not published yet)
ACS Egham International School
May 2012
Average Points
29
34
Pass rate
78%
98%
Average UCAS points
392
479
Our pass rates at various grades was very similar to last year again a great success considering the jump in size of cohort. You can compare our results to the other ACS schools through the main ACS website - or other schools in the area like TASIS where are results compare very well.
Year
Grade 6 and 7
Grade 5 or Higher
Grade 4 or Higher
2011-12
43%
77%
98%
Some interesting smaller stats:-
- 6 students out of 46 – received over 40 equivalent to 13 %
- 54% of students achieved a grade B or above in their TOK
- 46% of students achieved a grade B or above in their Extended Essay

We will be doing more statistical analysis over the year - however below shows the performance of boy and girl students. Alongside our Action plans that will continue to address this difference in male and female student performance we are now looking at using CEM/ALIS baseline tests to improve target setting and so being able to monitor value added to our students and there overall progress. More information below.

Action Plan Summary

Each year we produce an Action Plan to highlight ways in which we can improve student learning for our Diploma students - not only to maintain the High Academic standards that our students achieve within a non selective school but to make sure that we are fulfilling our goals as a IB Diploma school.

Continuing Challenges for the Diploma Programme at ACS Egham in 2012-2013
There are a number of challenges to the continued success of our IB student cohort:
  • Achievement of boys continues to be a concern – although continued focus from Student Services in early intervention has considerably helped boy’s achievement. Earlier intervention may help with use of CEM/ALIS baseline tests.
  • Predicted grades have been a concern this year – with students missing their predicted on a number of occasions for their first choice Universities due to a slight over prediction in some areas – often when related to specific course or specific HL courses. Noting higher achieving students achieved closer to predicted grades more than lower achieving students.
  • Maintaining the Core of the IB Programme without losing focus on the achievement of students.
Positives / Ways Forward
  • Size of cohort has been managed – after considerable jump last year with great success the positives of Egham’s original small size have been kept by improving the identity of the Diploma cohort and establishing team events that foster collaboration and a team ethos.
  • Departmental Action plans now include – Learning Goals in most cases so focusing on a long term learning goal over a period of two years
  • Pamoja Online Courses are now being trialed by one student – Initial feedback is positive
  • Sports Science and so broadening the curriculum is underway and course has good initial take-up of 4
  • The procedure and methods for counseling students in terms of Option Choices has improved further with students following more varied pathways than last year
Main Actions
  • Review Predicted grades policies and utilize CEM/ALIS data to enable more accurate predicting of grades
  • Update Assessment policy, Academic Honesty policy and prepare for IB Self Study with three main goals – Scope and sequence, TOK across curriculum, Glossary of terms
  • Monitor reporting and grading as part of Assessment Policy to standardise Semester grades
  • Focus on bringing TOK to the centre of teaching and learning across the curriculum
  • Focus on change in emphasis for CAS – to ensure the principles of service learning rather than “hours” as a greater focus.
  • Follow Strategic Plan initiatives to: -
    • Data Analysis and monitoring using existing tools has not been productive and so trial of ALIS/CEM will be undertaken - please see above also
    • Input into development of IBCC – to make sure that the programme is complementary

ALIS / CEM Baseline Tests Introduction 2012

As suggested above we aim to introduce Baseline testing for Grade 11/12 Diploma students using the "Advanced Level Information System" from the "Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring" at Durham University. Please visit there website - http://www.cemcentre.org/alis/introduction for more information - however listed below are the main reasons for beginning to use this system for our students. More information will come regarding the logistics of the testing over the early months of the academic year.
    1. Predict individual IB subject scores as well as overall scores based on a standardised test that were reliable - enhancing the process of college applications
    2. Look for a system - that would link and correlate not only with the IB but with International Students
    3. Find a system that over the long term would enable us to measure value added in terms of teaching and learning - so as to help us support areas of weakness with resources, time, training or other needs
    4. Help us with the options process and changes to courses early during the first year of the IB Diploma with a system that we would be able to say to a specific percentage is reliable and valid so as to enable students to make informed choices about their future
    5. Give the school and students more data alongside SATS, PSATS, Semester scores and Exams so that students can assess how they are achieving
More information - can be found on this Google Document also.


May 2011 - Results Analysis
All 31 students in May 2011 passed and received their IB Diploma. The average points score was 34 and we had four students get over 40. So we are all extremely pleased for our students - and would obviously like to thank all our teachers for their hard work as without their input these results would not be possible.

IB International benchmark from 2010
(note 2011 not published yet)
ACS Egham International School
May 2011
Average Points
29.5
34
Pass rate
77.9%
100%
Average UCAS points
381
479

Year
Grade 6 and 7
Grade 5 or Higher
Grade 4 or Higher
2010 -11
43%
78%
95%

May 2011 - Statistical Analysis some Initial Thoughts

ACS Egham analyses the results carefully each year and each department produces an action plan for maintaining and improving the grades. Statistical analysis and comparison is fraught with difficulty for a number of reasons however as a school we undertake this process seriously to longitudinally assess ways we can intervene to continue to improve results.

One pleasing aspect was the Language B department results that substantially improved as is shown with the tables below: -
May 2011
Language B Acquisition
Egham %
0
0
0
16
16
62
6
May 2010
Language B Acquisition
Egham %
0
6
8
22
47
14
3
World Averages are not published until November but for May 2010
Language B Acquisition
World %
0
2
8
18
29
30
12
So it shows improvement to a great extent last year - however the important question for us as a school to analyse is why there was an improvement, was it related to the Language B action plans from last year and how to maintain these improvements. Obviously this is not an exact science as there are many variables and it will only become increasingly apparent when our action plans are over a number of years and so longitudinally we can see what interventions are working. However the problem with such statistics can not be overlooked as you may suggest that the number of 7's is below world averages. However Language B world statistics include all languages - and some statistics can also be easily skewed for example take Russian B/ compared to Spanish B as these are included in the overall Language Acquisition grade -
Russian B SL
%
0
0
6
15
19
19
42
Spanish B SL
%
0
3
12
26
28
23
8
This shows how markedly different grades happen within one grouping and why many comparisons and statistics can often be very misleading. Please see the bulletin for May 2010 - which is available on the IB website for all the statistics from the link below. The 2011 one will be available in November.

Action Plan Priorities - 2011/12

From analysing the exam results this year the school has identified these main general targets :-
  • Cohort Size Impact - Institute systems that support the continuing growth in cohort
  • Students Receiving top grades in certain subjects - Action and support students predicted Grade 6's to achieve better
  • Analysis of Gender Achievement/ Comparison - Begin process of analysing and instituting longitudinal analysis of gender achievement
  • Department specific challenges related to specific feedback regarding exams and IA's

IB Statistical Bulletin's

Each year the IBO produces a statistical bulletin regarding results analysis across the world. Please go their website to download this information - IB Statistical Bulletin's Diploma.

ACS Egham Results Historical - Before May 2011

If you would like to find more information go to the main ACS Schools website which has a breakdown of the results from the last few years including this - ACS Egham IB Diploma Results.
Click on the links below to download the last two years ACS Egham's statistical bulletin's -
IB Egham Results Official 08/09.pdf
IB Egham Results Official 09/10.pdf