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Ofqual considers GCSE and A-level overhaul that could ration top grades for bright pupils

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    Once again, I turn to Gilbert & Sullivan's Grand Inquisitor: when everyone's somebody then no one's anybody.

    While one can understand that things like a driving test, or a PADI diving course have to be assessed against a specified proficiency standard, GCSE and A-level exams, in which vast numbers of students are entered, should be marked to a curve. Intelligence and ability don't vary from year to year, so marking to a curve is the only fair way of distinguishing how much better some students are than their peers. This also helps to counter any variation in the difficulty of exams from year to year.

    Of course, in these times when many teachers would be sanctioned for reading out test results in class, and GCSE and A-level results are treated with a ridiculous confidentiality, when years ago they were publicly posted on the school board, this won't go down too well with the wishy washy bleeding heart liberals.

    Regardless of what happens, the bloody stupid A* grade needs to go! In maths and the sciences, all it distinguishes is lucky students who didn't make a few silly numerical slips, or similar, rather than true ability or grasp of knowledge. Instead there should be more challenging questions, which test the mettle of genuine A-grade students.
  3. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Why not use intelligence tests and similar if you want to rank people?
  4. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    It is very telling that education is all about ranking people rather than educating them. So much easier isn't it!
  5. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

    In education, one is dealing with children in whom one has to inculcate certain habits of diligence, precision, poise (even physical poise), ability to concentrate on specific subjects, which cannot be acquired without the mechanical repetition of disciplined and methodical acts.

    ... many people think that the difficulty of study conceals some ‘trick’ which handicaps them—that is, when they do not simply think they are stupid by nature

    I won't give the author - it might surprise you
  6. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

  7. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    @David Getling ? :)

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