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A and A* grades fall for fifth year running: 7 main points from A-level results day 2016

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    So A-level/AS-level results day is here, but how well did your students perform in the exams? Did they get all their expected grades or did they exceed them?

    Did your school hit the mark with the overall results? Is it a reflection of the national picture? What were the AS-level results in your school? Were AS-level entries down on previous years because of the changes made to this qualification?

  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    25% get an A grade?

    Ruddy hell we have a generation of geniuses.
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I googled "a-level results year on year graph" * ... A grades passed 10% distribution in the mid 80s and climbed ever higher till they reached the present 26% range.

    What happened in the mid 80s?

    *sorry I don't know how to copy an image on my phone.
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  4. SteveKindle

    SteveKindle Occasional commenter

    Not at all, this is just A levels doing their job.

    It's not like GCSE, if you're sitting an A level - if you were allowed on the course to start with - you should be passing.

    Follow it from there, allowing for the fact that IQs are rising (not just in the UK, but across the developed world), and it's more than understandable.
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Criterion referencing replaced norm referencing.
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  6. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

  7. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    The replacement of terminal exams with modules meant that the more marginal candidates either decided to move elsewhere or were strongly encouraged to do something else. Back in the '80s and early '90s we often had unlikely candidates hanging in there in the faint hope of getting an E.
  9. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Despite The Flynn Effect - and we can argue what that means in connection to intelligence, exams and general "g" etc - it's clearly more complicated than being down to "rising IQs". Especially given that top grades have fallen for several years, and more so given the lack of rising standards when compared to many other countries as evidenced by Prof Robert Coe. I will post the link later as I am only on a mobile at present.

    Try a maths, physics or chemistry paper from 30 years ago and then try this year's paper. That will shed some light on the issue...
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  10. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    The UK picture from Flynn's wiki shows a decrease in IQ here 1980 to 2008

    In the United Kingdom, a study by Flynn (2009) found that tests carried out in 1980 and again in 2008 show that the IQ score of an average 14-year-old dropped by more than two points over the period. For the upper half of the results the performance was even worse. Average IQ scores declined by six points. However, children aged between five and 10 saw their IQs increase by up to half a point a year over the three decades. Flynn argues that the abnormal drop in British teenage IQ could be due to youth culture having "stagnated" or even dumbed down. He also states that the youth culture is more oriented towards computer games than towards reading and holding conversations. Researcher Richard Gray, commenting on the study, also mentions the computer culture diminishing reading books as well as a tendency towards teaching to the test.[48][49]

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