The exam regulator Ofqual has revealed that both teachers and headteachers have little confidence in the marking of GCSE and A-level exams.
The Ofqual study of last year’s results found that 47% of teachers are convinced that A-level students were given the wrong grade and 64% felt that GCSE were incorrect, the Independent reports.
Headteachers are even more sceptical, with two thirds of them lacking confidence about A-level grades and 79% about GCSEs, plus 53% have said that marking has declined over the past two years.
Amidst ongoing changes to the exam system, teachers are concerned over both the accuracy of marking and whether grade boundaries were properly set.
ASCL’s Brian Lightman said: “Confidence has dropped because of the piecemeal changes that have been rushed through. People no longer know with the confidence they did have in the past what is expected of pupils for a particular grade.”
The Ofqual survey is the latest episode in the continuing controversy over exam grades; two years ago the English GCSE grade boundaries were raised between the January and June sitting of the exam.
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