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Everything you need to know about awarding 2021 GCSE and A Level grades in Northern Ireland

Mark Bain


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There will be no statistical standardisation using an algorithm to determine grades (David Davies/PA)

There will be no statistical standardisation using an algorithm to determine grades (David Davies/PA)

There will be no statistical standardisation using an algorithm to determine grades (David Davies/PA)

The Education Minister has laid out his plans for the awarding of grades at A level, AS and GCSE for this academic year.

What went wrong last time?

Some 37% of pupil grades at A Level were lowered after external assessment which applied an algorithm (computer generated standardisation) to determine a final grade. That was abandoned a few days later with the results reverting back to original teacher awarded grades. Many pupils were left facing missing out on degree courses after being marked down


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