No re-mark for disputed GCSE English exams, says report

The BBC is reporting that the Welsh government has concluded that there is no need to re-mark GCSE English exam papers which received poor grades…

Schools were left shocked by poor results for exams taken in January, which will contribute towards pupils’ final marks this summer.

Teachers and parents reacted angrily to what they claimed were “unexpectedly low grades” for exams.

The Conservatives said the report was little short of a “whitewash”.

The report found no one single aspect contributed to the poor results.

It stated there would be no justification for re-grading the papers and the existing results would stand.

However a number of points were highlighted including a rise of 26% in entries to the January exam compared to last year, and a late change to the exam specification which came once students had already started their studies.

The new exam from WJEC board demanded greater accuracy from pupils and the report found the “bar has been raised and there are indications of a severe interpretation of the marking scheme”.

Teachers were too generous in the grades they predicted for pupils, it added.

WJEC previously promised to re-mark a small number of papers handled by one examiner.

This potentially affected results for less than 2% of candidates.

The report’s authors said: “Generally the examination papers matched teachers’ expectations of the new specification and there were few surprises for teachers or pupils.

“There is no evidence to suggest that WJEC did not follow the correct procedures at all times.”

The report said more and better support materials would have helped teachers, and the WJEC’S website did not meet their needs.

Communication problems between WJEC and specialist teachers were also highlighted along with the need for greater vigilance by WJEC following the lower results.

The report said the exam body should have picked up on them and reported to the Welsh government earlier…

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What do you make of this report into the recent English GCSEs in Wales? Is your/your child’s school affected? What do you see as the implications moving forwards? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

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