Another school year has flown by and now the anticipation is building with exam results' day almost upon us. Results' days always bring to mind a well-known quote from Alexander Graham Bell (I like a quote as you may have noticed), "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success” and no one knows this better than the exams officers out there!
So, it’s time once again to focus on importing results and producing the all-important analysis.
Quick reminder: please ensure you have upgraded to the SIMS Summer Release 7.182 before exams download day.
To support you in your preparations, we’ve produced four handbooks and three Quick Reference Sheets (QRFs), and these are available in the Documentation Centre and on My Account:
SIMS also has a comprehensive range of analysis reports automatically available within Exams Organiser and SIMS Discover or, if you wish, you can design reports to meet your own particular requirements.
Here are a couple of examples:
SIMS Exams Organiser provides several reports based around individual pupils, groups or the whole cohort such as the Certification Broadsheet, group analysis and subject/grade analysis.
Independent Schools Council (ISC) Exams Analysis Report
As part of the Summer Release we have updated the ISC Analysis report in line with the new User Defined QN codes which will make reporting on IGCSE simpler. Please ensure you have imported the latest reports before exam results day.
The results from this report can then be uploaded to the ISC web portal. To aid schools in completing this task we have updated the quick reference guide for year 11 and year 13.
SIMS Performance Analysis
SIMS can build several analysis grids, which can be created before results' day. Once the results have been imported, the grids will automatically populate. Examples of analysis include comparison of forecast grades against actual results and analysis of your school’s performance over the past five years.
SIMS Assessment mark sheets
Creating Assessment mark sheets enables you to compare MIDYIS predictions against actual grades, with traffic lights to indicate whether the result is above, on, or below forecast. Again, you will have the option to build these in advance, ready to be used on results' day.
Pre-defined graphs in Discover for GCSE results (there are also similar ones for A level results) including Grade Distribution by Subject (screenshot below), Residuals by Subject, KPI (5+ Good passes etc.) and a Venn Diagram comparing those who have gained a good pass in Maths, English and 5+ good passes.
It’s worth remembering, if you have SIMS InTouch, you can use these to send exam results, either to pupils who may be on holiday, or simply to help them as they wait anxiously at home. They can then have constructive conversations with you about next steps once they have gathered their thoughts.
Finally, to further support our customers, the SIMS Independent and International helpdesk is open for extended hours on both results' days for each week:
SIMS Independent and International helpdesk extended opening times for exam results 2018:
Wednesday 15th August: 07:00 to 17:30
Thursday 16th August: 07:00 to 17:30
Wednesday 22nd August: 07:00 to 17:30
Thursday 23rd August: 07:00 to 17:30
The SIMS Independent and International helpdesk team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the usual number.
I hope your students receive the results they were hoping for!