The TES is reporting that Ofqual has told all exam boards to tear up sample maths GCSE question papers because they have not been pitched at the required standard…
Many schools will have already been using the papers to prepare for reformed maths GCSEs, due to be taught from September. But the exams regulator has decided that three of the boards – OCR, Pearson Edexcel and WJEC Eduqas – have produced sample assessments that are too difficult.
Two of them, Edexcel and Eduqas, produced higher-tier papers so tough that the boundary for grade A would have to have to be set at less than half the available marks.
The fourth board – AQA – has been informed that one of its papers is too easy.
All four have been told to produce revised papers, which will then receive further scrutiny from Ofqual. The watchdog’s chief regulator Glenys Stacey said this morning that the new papers would be ready for schools “from the end of June”, just weeks before the end of term.
“This is really making sure that standards are raised in a sufficient, even-handed way,” she said. “And it doesn’t stop here. There will be further work done in the lead up to 2017 [when the exams are first sat] to have as much confidence as we can, like never before, in the standard being set…”
Are you relieved that these sample papers have been deemed (in most cases) too hard?
Or are you more concerned with the uncertainty now created with the new courses due to begin in September?
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