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grades furore extends to GCSE Science results

24 September 2012

It’s been reported that an inconsistency in GCSE Science results between January and the summer may be due to a change in grade boundaries made by the exam board. This comes amid the ongoing furore regarding this year’s English GCSE results.

The exam board in question, AQA, has stated that the boundaries were only adjusted to reflect a change in the difficulty of the papers. Regulator Ofqual supports this claiming that the grade boundaries were set correctly in this case. However, parents point towards the significant disparity between the results in January compared to June, and the NUT, suspicious of “political tampering”, has called for an independent inquiry.

Looking at the statistics, it is understandable why the results are being questioned. Gove’s proposal to replace GCSEs with the EBC has been widely criticised as old fashioned, but a single end-of-course exam and single exam board (which will form part of the EBC system) conveniently offers the eradication of seasonal changes.

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