The Times is reporting that GCSE results for English this week are expected to show a rise after what it calls a “surge in weaker students” being entered for the IGCSE version of the exam.
The paper claims entries for the English IGCSE increased by about two-thirds and suggests the subsequent drop in pass rates (reported last week) was down to schools entering weaker students into the exam because they are seen as easier to pass.
The paper goes on to suggest we will see a subsequent “reverse effect” for English GCSEs this week as the smaller group of students left sitting these exams is consequently likely to contain a higher proportion of brighter candidates.
Malcolm Trobe of the ASCL is quoted:
“We have noticed a significant increase in the number of people being entered for the IGCSE. This will mean there will be fewer students entered for the home GCSE English exams.
“As the distribution of grades in IGCSE are more towards the middle grades with a reduction in the high grades, reflecting the candidature, it may well be that we see the opposite happen with the home GCSEs.”
More at: Schools boost their English grades thanks to easier IGCSE (subscription may be required)
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