The idea was put forward for discussion by the wider education community and was not a formal proposal.
It is an idea that has advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that schools would not have certainty when tracking their students' performance.
We are currently looking at the concerns that have been raised about some units in GCSE English this summer, and this may be one idea that could be revisited as part of that process.
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.