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GCSE exams 'generously graded'

Exam regulator Ofqual has said January's GCSE English exams were "graded generously", but the June boundaries were properly set and candidates' work properly graded.

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GCSE regulator: 'examiners have acted properly'

We have found that examiners acted properly, and set the boundaries using their best professional judgement, taking into account all of the evidence available to them. The June boundaries have been properly set, and candidates' work properly graded. _The issue is not the June, but the January boundaries. Again, examiners used their best judgement in setting these boundaries, but they had less data and information to work with.

Most candidates were not sitting at the time, they were waiting for June, and because they were new qualifications, examiners could not rely so much on direct comparisons with the past. As a result, those grade boundaries were set generously. We have thought carefully about what should be done, and spoken with external assessment experts about it. Our job is to maintain standards over time, so grades awarded are comparable from one year to the next.

– CHIEF REGULATOR GLENYS STACEY

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