Over the past number of years, I have been looking at the Scholarship numbers and percentage and have been asking myself a question, why does Technology Scholarship seem to be always below the 3% that other scholarship subjects are.
Here is the Technology Scholarship data for the past 7 years.
If you are wondering why I am pulling this data together it is to start the challenge and fight for the last part of the Digital Technologies curriculum puzzle,
It is since the changes in 2014 when the strands of Technology came into being. Before that, it was just the Generic Technologies standards. Since the strands of Technology came in, including Digital Technologies that is why the number increased from 1500 to now almost 4000 students.
But have things gotten better with this...
The numbers say it all. From being 3% of the cohort to get Scholarship, we are now getting 1.5 to 1.7%.
Funnily enough the NZQA scholarship results website states"The Technical Overview Group Assessment applies discretion in the setting of cut scores: The 3 percent criterion is applied with discretion of plus or minus 5 students. Cut scores are set such that all students at or above the cut score have demonstrated performance at the Scholarship standard.
*Note: There are reasons why the percentage of the Level 3 cohort achieving Scholarship is significantly higher for Latin than for other subjects:
- Latin has a very small Level 3 cohort. The large proportion of the cohort awarded Scholarship reflects this.
- Up to five candidates in addition to 3% of the Level 3 cohort can receive Scholarship in each subject. Because Latin is undertaken by a very small number of candidates and has a very small Level 3 cohort, this discretionary flexibility resulted in a high percentage of the Level 3 cohort receiving awards."
But hang on, do I read correctly, "The 3 percent criterion is applied with the of plus or minus 5 students."
We have a 1.73% this year, no mention of why Technology has a lower percentage, even going back to previous years results, no mention of why it is lower than 3% criterion.
So I went back to 2016 in the data.
It seems that 173 students entered scholarship, 54 were awarded Scholarship and 10 were awarded Outstanding.
64 students were awarded scholarship. here is hoping my maths is right.
64 / 3898 *100 = 1.64%
Now to get the 3% cut off, 117 students would need to be awarded scholarship. That would mean that out of the 173 students did scholarship 56 would not be awarded.
So maybe it is because there are not enough numbers entered.
However, I started checking out other areas of scholarship,
going with the same data from 2016
I looked at Photography
Ok, so they had an extra 101 entries above what Technology had, but they made 2.96% of the 3% criterion.
How for the past 4 years have we gotten less than 2%. Surely there is something wrong with the current system.
My question is, who sets the Technology Scholarship Assessment Specification, is it NZQA or is it the Ministry of Education. If it hasn't been meeting the requirements for 4 years now, what can be done to support the lifting of achievement for our students?
Is there PLD provided, to be able to support teachers/students to be able to reach the 3% criterion?
Why is there not a mention on the scholarship results webpage why Technology Scholarships do not meet the 3% criterion? Being able to provide a reason?
Is there a possibility of providing what schools have obtained scholarships in technology for the past 4 years?