ASCL responds to Education Committee report on calculated grades

10/07/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Education Committee, ‘Getting the grades they’ve earned’
 
Commenting on the report of the House of Commons Education Committee, ‘Getting the grades they’ve earned’, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“Schools and colleges are utterly opposed to discrimination, and have done everything possible to guard against any hint of unconscious bias. They have gone about the task of deciding centre-assessed grades in extraordinarily difficult circumstances and with the utmost diligence. They know their students well and have done their very best to ensure the grades submitted to the exam boards are fair and accurate.

“The exam boards will now apply to these grades a process called ‘standardisation’, which takes into account factors such as the past performance of centres, and will make adjustments accordingly. The purpose of this exercise is to ensure the distribution of grades awarded nationally this year is consistent with previous years.

“However, this has raised a significant concern that students in schools and colleges which would have performed better in exams this year will lose out. We agree with the Education Committee that Ofqual must be completely transparent about its standardisation model and publish it immediately.

“Everybody in education understands the limitations of the system that is being used this year, and we are sure that sixth forms, colleges, and universities will all show a spirit of generosity in determining applications. We all want to see students progress in the normal way.”