for children who have not passed, they have correctly been told they are non-selective, but for all these candidates there is a discrepancy between the total score given and the sum of the individual test scores, calculated using the formula given below. We now know from the above that the total score given is correct; the sum of the scores should be ignored especially if, as is often the case, this figure exceeds the required pass score of 513, wrongly suggesting there should be a selective assessment.
Children who are told they have passed should have the correct individual test scores. A reported 1999 Medway children took the test so this blunder will affect around 1200 Medway children found non-selective by the Test, along with perhaps 500 from outside the Authority (the number taking the Test from outside Medway having nearly doubled this year.
The new Cabinet Member for Children's Services (including Education), Andrew Mackness, was informed of the problem on Saturday. See video clip here. Unfortunately, he was unable to get Officers to respond until Monday morning, but still describing their action as prompt, although it surely should have been possible for someone from an Authority whose slogan is 'Serving You', to establish that at a minimum the total score was correct before then. A statement to this effect on Sunday would have saved a great amount of grief, as I know from the torrent of emails i have received. Unusually for Medway, Mr Mackness made clear his unhappiness at what happened and his appreciation of the distress caused, rather than the usual whitewash. Fortunately, having deduced the nature of the mistake made I was able directly, or through this website on Saturday, to provide some confidence as to what it now emerges is the correct situation.
You will find the relevant statistics for last year here, together with the advice on Review I wrote then. If you wish to take advantage of my Telephone Advisory Service or to explore Medway grammar school admissions and my advice elsewhere on the website, see the article below.
For example, a child who was reported by Medway as having a final score of 510 which was correct, was reported on the same page of the Decision Letter as having VR = 102, Mathematics = 104 and Extended Writing = 102. This would add up to 514 using the formula above different from the actual final score. The pass score is 513, so these and many other parents didn't know if their child had passed or failed the Medway Test. In this case the parents would have received a non-selective assessment which is correct.
It is clear that in all cases of discrepancy, the individual Test results have the same score for both Verbal Reasoning and Extended Writing as above. This is because the reported Extended Writing mark is wrong, having been copied from the Verbal Reasoning score instead of using the correct answer, and no one in Medway Admissions Department bothered to check this critical action.
Many face the decision on whether to apply for Review by Friday, and knowing the correct scores may be critical to that decision, but time is tight. I am pleased that Medway Council recognises this issue (perhaps someone read this webpage!) and the closing date for Review has been put back to Monday, 10th October, at 10 a.m.
Once again I am appalled by another Medway Council failure to Serve You its Council Taxpayers. For surely such gross carelessness would be unacceptable in any reputable business although, as so often before, it will presumably simply be glossed over and 'we have learned lessons' when they haven't.