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The government is successfully tackling A-level grade inflation
Hannah Tomes
Hannah Tomes
The government is successfully tackling A-level grade inflation

After the disruption caused to education by the pandemic, this is the first year since 2019 in which school leavers have sat traditional A-level exams. Normally, 26 per cent of A-level students are marked A or higher: last year it jumped to 45 per cent after teacher-assessed grades were brought in. Now it’s 36 per cent, as per the government’s plan to mark a halfway house between last year’s grade hyperinflation and normality. But A* grades, normally reserved for the top 8 per cent of pupils, have been handed to 15 per cent. This is slightly down on last year’s 19 per cent. For the first time in ten years (in a full, externally assessed exam season), girls have outperformed boys when it comes to getting A* A-level grades.

The government is successfully tackling A-level grade inflation
Hannah Tomes
Hannah Tomes
The government is successfully tackling A-level grade inflation

After the disruption caused to education by the pandemic, this is the first year since 2019 in which school leavers have sat traditional A-level exams. Normally, 26 per cent of A-level students are marked A or higher: last year it jumped to 45 per cent after teacher-assessed grades were brought in. Now it’s 36 per cent, as per the government’s plan to mark a halfway house between last year’s grade hyperinflation and normality. But A* grades, normally reserved for the top 8 per cent of pupils, have been handed to 15 per cent. This is slightly down on last year’s 19 per cent. For the first time in ten years (in a full, externally assessed exam season), girls have outperformed boys when it comes to getting A* A-level grades.

The government is successfully tackling A-level grade inflation

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17 Aug 2022