A Level and GCSE results downgraded because of generous teachers

Students will get lower GCSE and A Level results than had been planned this year as exam boards downgrade the estimates handed out by teachers, according to reports.

A Level and GCSE results will be handed out in August this year on the normal date expected – although young people did not sit their exams because of the coronavirus lockdown.

The results were to be based on predictions provided by teachers using work so far, mock exams and other factors.

But according to inews, the results suggested by teachers are ‘too generous’ and will be downgraded.

The news site says that according to one estimate approximately 33 per cent of GCSE results will be lower than teachers had submitted.

In a new report think-tank FFT Education Datalab analysed the results submitted by schools and found that in every subject the grade proposed by teachers for 2020 was higher than the average grade awarded in 2019.

i says to bring the results back in line with last year’s results a third of marks would need to be adjusted down.

The result used English data but the system is the same across the UK for this year.

One source told i: ““We know that teachers will tend to overpredict. It’s very rare that you would encounter a school that genuinely believes that their results should be lower this year than last year for example, so there’s almost a natural pressure upwards in the system.”

An Ofqual spokesperson told i: “To bring consistency to judgements, all grades will be standardised by exam boards, using a process developed by Ofqual. Because schools and colleges have not had national training to standardise judgements, it is highly likely that all centres will see some adjustments, in some subjects, to their centre assessment grades. Such adjustments are in the interests of fairness to students.”

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