Can GCSE and A level exam grades be trusted?

Roughly speaking, if there were 54,000 marking errors in the 300,000 GCSE and A level grades that were challenged last year, how many might there be in the 5,700,000 grades that were not challenged? Dennis Sherwood looks at the problems of exam grade reliability
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“Grades can be relied on.”

The delivery of reliable GCSE, AS and A level grades is indeed what we all want; what we all expect.

The words above are from Ofqual’s chief regulator, Dr Jo Saxton, spoken on June 29, just after this year’s exams had been completed, at a hearing of the House of Lords Education for 11-16 Year Olds Committee.

The full context can be seen, and heard, from 12:34:13 on the Parliament TV recording here; this, to me, is the key statement: “I can assure this committee and young people who will receive their grades this summer that they can be relied on, that they will be fair, and that the quality assurance around them is as good as it is possible to be.”

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