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- For GCSE English a complex and unique set of circumstances came together to create a highly unusual situation for schools, colleges and their students
- The standard set for the GCSE English is comparable with the standard in previous years
- June grade boundaries were properly set
- The issue is the January, not the June grade boundaries
- Schools were over-reliant on the January 2012 boundaries to set expectations as there was little other information available to them
Ofqual Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey added: "We have spoken to exam boards and they have been very responsive. Recognising the strength of feeling, they will be offering early resits for students who sat the June units.
We will now go through our analysis and evidence with the representative groups for schools and colleges, so they can see it for themselves. We will also talk with schools, exam boards and assessment experts to see what lessons can be learnt and what can be done better in the future."
Exam regulator Ofqual says January's GCSE English exams were "graded generously", but the June boundaries were properly set and candidates' work properly graded.
A review of GCSE English grades awarded to students in Northern Ireland has been ordered.
Stormont Education Minister John O'Dowd asked regulators to look at the issue as the controversy over grading boundaries in England continues.
The watchdog highlighted concerns that modular GCSEs created particular risks in maintaining standards because they allowed pupils to "bank" grades early, and came up with a workable solution that might have avoided the row that has erupted, but decided not to implement it, the TES said.
It reported that former Ofqual chief regulator, Isabel Nisbet, raised the problem in October 2009 when modular GCSEs were first introduced.
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The exam regulator says GCSE English exams were graded generously in January, but it found no problem with the boundaries set for June.
England's exams watchdog, Ofqual, is to set out its initial findings on the row over English GCSEs.