Review the decision to use previous data to calculate exam grades

We want the Education Secretary and the Government to step in and review the exam board’s decision on how GCSE and A-Level grades will be calculated and awarded due to the current coronavirus crisis. We want a better solution than just using our previous data to be the basis of our grade.

This petition closed on 27 Sep 2020 with 148,884 signatures


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3. Schools and Colleges: Qualification Results and Full Opening
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1: the House on the current position regarding exam results for this year’s GCSE and A-level students. - Speech Link
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4. Schools and Colleges: Qualification Results and Full Opening
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5. Oral Answers to Questions
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Recent Questions related to Review the decision to use previous data to calculate exam grades
1. GCE A-level and GCSE: Coronavirus
asked by: Rosena Allin-Khan
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... what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) GCSE and (b) A-level pupils who were unable to sit exams are not unfairly penalised by not having the opportunity to improve on their predicted grades before schools were closed due to the covid-19 outbreak.

2. GCE A-level and GCSE: Coronavirus
asked by: Daniel Kawczynski
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... what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of assessments for (a) GCSEs and (b) A levels as a result of the long educational break as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

3. GCE A-level and GCSE: Coronavirus
asked by: Christian Wakeford
11/05/2020
... whether he has plans to review the method by which (a) GCSE and (b) A-level grades are calculated as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

4. GCE A-level and GCSE: Coronavirus
asked by: Catherine McKinnell
06/05/2020
... whether (a) GCSE and (b) A-level exams sat by pupils in the Autumn term 2020 will be modified to reflect the break in teaching during the covid-19 outbreak.

5. GCE A-level and GCSE: Coronavirus
asked by: Catherine McKinnell
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... whether schools may request (a) non-exam assessments and (b) coursework not yet submitted by pupils to help determine (i) GCSE and (ii) A-level grades and rankings for the 2020 cohorts.

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Using previous data could result in unfair grading as the majority of this data may be inaccurate and unrepresentative of a student’s ability. Most of these assessments are not always taken seriously, and could misinterpret students true potential. Students’ GCSE exam results have often shown vast improvement compared to their previous data. We deserve an equal opportunity for improving and receiving fair grades. Although the option of doing our exams next academic year is available it is still highly inconvenient and sets back our future.


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Government Response

Friday 4th September 2020

Students in England have now received the higher of their centre assessment grade or calculated grade for GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020.


Following an announcement on 17 August, the great majority of GCSE, A and AS level students have now received the centre assessment grades that their schools and colleges had submitted for them. In the minority of cases where the grades that the exam boards had previously calculated for students were higher than the centre assessment grade, students have received their calculated grade.

Ofqual had consulted on and implemented a standardisation process for exam results this summer, but the system resulted in too many inconsistent and unfair outcomes for A and AS level students. It became clear that the approach resulted in too many anomalies to be resolved through appeals and which severely undermined confidence in the system.

Subsequently, Ofqual decided to award centre assessment grades, which are the grades which schools and colleges assessed students were most likely to have achieved had exams gone ahead. The Government supported this decision, which was deemed to be the fairest approach to avoid some students receiving grades that did not reflect their prior performance.

We understand this situation has caused a great deal of stress and uncertainty and apologise for the distress this has caused young people and their parents.

Department for Education


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