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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Exam results

Posted by davidburbage on August 31, 2007

We test and examine our kids such a lot – and lots clearly and undoubtedly work really hard and do perform really well.

There is the issue of apparent grade inflation and the ever-rising pass rate. Some people also say that exams are getting easier.

The BBC here ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6972117.stm ) publish some comments about the recent exam results. Passing over why they might choose to start with a long diatribe against public schools, the next comment got me thinking.

With all the new technology, the internet in particular, things are a lot easier.
Sinead, Leicestershire

Does this mean life in general, or doing the research work for the exams?

It does bother me that the pass rate for certain GCSEs is in excess of 99% – what is the point of having an exam if it is virtually impossible to fail?

The analysis by examiners of certain subjects is fascinating. One on Science is here ( http://www.edexcel.org.uk/VirtualContent/94685/2101_GCSE_Science_rep_20070823.pdf )  which contains the curious fact that at the higher tier of one element of GCSE Science, candidates were having trouble with maths :

 Higher tier : Higher tier candidates had difficulties with mathematical calculations with 26% of candidates able to multiply 600 by 12.

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One Response to “Exam results”

  1. GJB said

    I’d be more worried that in Sinead’s comments on the BBC website, she writes seven sentences with six grammatical errors. Two of these are minor but howlers like “there’s complaints” or not being able to write in proper sentences will embarrass potential employers or make it more difficult for her to get her point across in written work.

    This is from a girl with A and A* across the board, presumably including English. As an anecdote of falling standards one could hardly hope for better.

    Rather than directing her anger at the people who criticise exam boards, she should herself be criticising the people who have conned her.

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