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35% of A-level results downgraded by one grade, figures reveal

Written by on 13/08/2020

About 35% of A-level results have been downgraded by one grade, new figures have revealed.

It means these students in England will be awarded a lower grade than what their teachers predicted.

This is because the Joint Council for Qualifications “standardised” those marks using historical data.

A-level results have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with students unable to complete exams as normal.

Exams watchdog Ofqual says standards across the country have been maintained, with top A* and A grades rising by 2.4%.

The number of students accepted on to degree courses has also risen by 2.9% compared with last year.

Analysis: The system was never going to be perfect
By Laura Bundock, news correspondent

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This is no ordinary results day.

An exceptional situation, involving difficult and delicate decisions ever since exams were cancelled back on 18 March.

We now know 35% of results have been downgraded by one grade. Some results by more than one grade.

Ofqual insists its analysis of grading shows no negative bias on socioeconomic background, gender or ethnicity.

A general system assessing thousands of individual pupils was never going to be perfect.

But already unions say they’ve received “heart-breaking” feedback of schools feeling unfairly and unfathomable downgraded.

And for students caught in the middle, they must hope universities and colleges follow through on their promise to be flexible with admissions.

 Sky News

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