Schools raise fears over mistakes in A-level marks

The Telegraph is reporting concerns that ‘thousands of students are expected to receive incorrect A-level results next week’ after Ofqual warned an exam board “lacked understanding” of marking. 

The disclosure pushed leading independent schools last night to call on students and teachers to challenge their grades if they felt they had been awarded the wrong mark…

Teachers are braced for a slew of “mega mistakes” – errors that could cost students university places – after evidence showed that exam boards are “guesstimating” grades rather than actually marking them. 

The warnings follow cases in previous years in which students missed out on places after having been awarded a lower mark by mistake. 

Ofqual, the exam regulator, has also raised concerns over the increasing number of inquiries about results. The forecast of a record number of appeals is based on numbers rising every year since 2008 by the thousands. 

Prof Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, said he expected “record levels” of successful appeals. “More successful appeals reflect the pressure under which exam boards are operating,” he said…

William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, said: “If students and their teachers feel that a grade could be the result of inaccurate marking, they should ask the exams office at their school to trigger a review…” 

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Is the Telegraph hyping things up here (was not the Ofqual warning more about speed than mistakes) or are there genuine fears that the number of marking mistakes this year may be greater than before?

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