Letter from Ofqual Chief Regulator on 2017 summer exams
June 21, 2017
This week, the Chief Regulator for Ofqual, Sally Collier, has written to schools outlining how Ofqual is “working with exam boards to ensure that students sitting … [exams] … are treated fairly”. Ofqual has recently introduced a number of changes, particularly to GCSE and A level exams, and the letter addresses how this will not put students at a disadvantage compared to previous years.
The letter outlines how:
For exams with a new syllabus, Ofqual will rely on “statistical predictions to set grade boundaries” more than it usually does. This is because it anticipates a “small drop in performance” due to the material being new for teachers and students. Grades students receive will compensate for the changes, ensuring that this years’ cohort is “not unfairly disadvantaged”.
Under the new 1-9 system, students that receive a level 7 or above would have most-likely achieved an A grade in 2016. Furthermore, those that receive a level 4 or above would have most-likely achieved a C grade, and those that receive a level 1 would have achieved a G grade.
The thirteen new A-levels introduced in 2016 will be linear, with the whole assessment taking place in year 13. Students who received a B grade under the old A-level system will receive a B grade under the new system.
Ofqual says that schools should be aware that “when qualifications change, there is normally more variability in schools and college results, and this is what expect for new qualifications this year”. To read the letter click here.