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New GCSE Grades

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Okay so my colleague has a son who has just received his GCSE results. They are now using a number scale from 1-9 with 9 being the highest score.

 

The Education Secretary states that the new scores were brought in to differentiate between the very highest achievers. So now a 7 is now the equivalent of an A.

 

The old B grade is now a 6 and a mark of 5 is sort of a low B high C. A traditional C grade is now marked as 4.

 

Here is where I have a problem. The new scores are basically a mark out of 10. If I rated something as a 9 you would likely see it as very good. A mark of 5 or 6 and you would probably say that is mediocre.

 

But a mark of 5 or 6 in GCSEs is effectively a B grade and that can be considered a good grade. These new scores have now made above average grades seem bang average now.

 

Surely if they wanted to differentiate the very highest mark then they could have used a new double A star or use A, AA, AAA marks for the very top performers.

 

I'm uncomfortable with these new grades as it makes kids feel like a relatively good grade of B is now a disappointing middle of the road mark.

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I agree with Paul. A C is a good enough grade (my understanding is that A to C = what used to be called a pass) for most potential employers but now that's a 4, which sounds pretty poor; ridiculous, why change a system that wasn't broken?

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I agree with Paul. A C is a good enough grade (my understanding is that A to C = what used to be called a pass) for most potential employers but now that's a 4, which sounds pretty poor; ridiculous, why change a system that wasn't broken?

WTF is the point of changing it? Surely letters differentiated the highest achievers already?

The Tories.

 

Enough said.

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