AS-level results ‘more variable’ this year, schools warned

The BBC is reporting schools and colleges are being warned to expect “more variation” in AS-level results in England this year, the first since they were split from A-levels.

Results in the 13 decoupled subjects have been “relatively stable in recent years”, says exams regulator, Ofqual.

But this year “we expect that there will be more variability than between 2015 and 2016”, warns the report.

Students and teachers are “getting to grips” with the new system, says Ofqual associate director, Cath Jadhav.

“We know that students tend to do less well in the first year of a new qualification,” writes Ms Jadhav, in a blog.

“That, in part, reflects the time it takes for teachers to become comfortable with new content and assessment design.”

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