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Do the schools that choose an exam board effect the grade boundaries?

Discussion in 'Music' started by aliscoot125, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Hello, I was wondering if the types of schools that choose certain exam boards affect the grade boundaries for that board. For example if Cheethams, Wells Cathedral school and Eton (all schools with strong music traditions where you would expect students to do well) chose to do AQA would these students doing well push the grade boundaries up for this board?Does each board have a certain percentage of candidates that achieve each grade or does Music as a subject (including all boards) have a certain percentage of candidates achieving each grade? Hope this makes sense! Alison
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Grade boundaries are set by reference to those in previous years, with small adjustments made if the questions set in a particular year are deemed to be a little easier or harder than those in previous years. There has been no fixed percentage of candidates for any grade in any subject for many decades now.
    There is also a statistical input to grading and so, in the unlikely event of all the specialist music schools switching to one particular board, this would be noticed, but it would simply result in a greater percentage of candidates gaining high grades - it wouldn't affect the boundary marks.
    In fact, places like Chethams enter candidates for GCSE Music a year (or even two years) early, while Eton (like some other public schools) mainly enters candidates for the IGCSE these days, so their statistics have no bearing on GCSE results. In any case, the total number of GCSE music entries from specialist music schools is likely to be very tiny in comparison with the total of around 60,000 GCSE music entries a year, so I doubt that their results would have any significant impact on the statistics.
  3. Thank you for your reply. Is this the same at A-Level?

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