Ofqual: Schools ‘may face decline in GCSE and A-levels grades’

The Telegraph is reporting warnings from Ofqual that schools could face a decline in GCSE and A-level results following a toughening up of the qualifications system…

Ofqual has told schools to expect “greater variation” in grades this summer because of major changes to the way teenagers are assessed.

The most significant effect will be felt at GCSE where all exams will be sat at the end of the two-year course for the first time in 2014 – cutting out bite-sized modules and preventing pupils repeatedly re-sitting papers.

In a new report, the regulator said pupils “who have not had the opportunity to re-sit will generally do less well”.

Similar effects will be seen at A-level where the watchdog has scrapped January exams – forcing all pupils to sit them in the summer – a route employed by schools in the past to allow students to attempts tests twice.

The changes have been made as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on the number of exams sat by teenagers in England to toughen up the qualifications system and give pupils more lesson time.

Last year, some 21 per cent of exams were graded an A at GCSE and 26 per cent of entries got top grades at A-level.

Exam boards are expected to adjust grade boundaries to ensure that the number of pupils nationally gaining good results remains consistent from year-to-year.

But Ofqual’s report said: “It is likely that some schools will adjust more quickly than others and that might mean some schools see greater variation in results compared to 2013 than others.”…

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How do you interpret this report as it seems slightly contradictory – is Ofqual making the point that results might be more unpredictable because of the changes and the ways some schools will adapt better than before, or is it actually saying net results will be lower, despite the article’s suggestion that exam boards will adjust grade boundaries? Are you expecting a decline in top grades this summer? Please let us know in the comments, via Twitter, and by taking part in our poll…

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  1. HReece_kshs

    SchoolsImprove tell us something we don’t know, doesn’t seem to matter how hard the kids work they mustn’t succeed!

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