Number of challenges to GCSE and A-level marks falls by quarter

The TES is reporting that the number of challenges to GCSE and A-level marks has decreased by a quarter compared to previous figures.

Challenges to GCSE and A-level grades fell by 25 per cent last summer, the exam regulator Ofqual revealed today.

More than 427,000 challenges were made by schools in 2016, down on 572,400 last year.

But the proportion of challenges which resulted in a grade change has remained fairly consistent: from 19 per cent in 2015 to 18 per cent this year.

The new figures show that 67,900 GCSE and A-level grades were changed after schools demanded remarks – compared to more than 90,000 last year.

In the report from Ofqual today, the exam regulator suggests the drop in reviews may be a result of changes to performance measures in schools and universities being more flexible about taking students who hadn’t met their offer.

The report follows changes made by Ofqual to their enquiries and appeals system this summer. Under the new measures, exam boards were not be allowed to change a mark unless there has been a “clear marking error”. 

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