Grading reformed GCSEs

AQA Policy Blog

08.04.14Last week Ofqual published its long-awaited plans for how it intends the grading standards for reformed GCSEs to be set and maintained. In other words, how will exam boards decide where to put grade boundaries when they first award the new GCSEs in 2017 (for English and maths; 2018 for other subjects)? And how will the established standard then be carried forward in subsequent years?

(Note that these proposals are subject to consultation and so could change!)

The first thing to understand is how grade boundaries are set at the moment, as explained in this previous post and video. The fundamentals of the approach are staying the same.

But, of course, the new grades will be 9 to 1, not A* to G, and will not correlate directly. So how do we decide where to put the new numerical grades? And how can the system ensure that students…

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