ASCL comment on decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades

17/08/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofqual’s decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades in A-levels and GCSEs, instead of grades which have been moderated down.
 

Commenting on Ofqual’s decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades in A-levels and GCSEs, instead of grades which have been moderated down, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We welcome the decision to put an end to the grading fiasco by allowing students to receive teacher-assessed grades rather than grades which have been moderated down

Students, parents, and teachers will breathe a sigh of relief after days of confusion and dithering by ministers.

This decision will, of course, mean that there is grade inflation this year, but that is a small price to pay for remedying the manifest injustices produced by the statistical model used to moderate grades.

It will provide A-level students with the relief of an immediate solution, and give GCSE students the comfort of knowing that they will not suffer the same injustices in the results due to be published this week.

We are pleased that the idea of attempting to remedy this situation through the appeals system has now been abandoned as this threatened to become a huge bureaucratic exercise, and prolong the agony of students.

“We and many others in the education sector supported the principle of moderating grades in order to provide consistency. But it is clear that the statistical model has not worked in practice, and that reverting to teacher-assessed grades in this way is the only fair and sensible path forward.