Emma Seith

Plan for new E grade to cut number of exam fails

Advisory group wants to offset ‘unintended consequence’ of scrapped unit assessments

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Major Changes could be made to the exam grading system that would allow weaker students, who would previously have failed, to walk away with a qualification, TESS can reveal.

The Scottish government’s assessment and national qualifications working group – which is chaired by education secretary John Swinney – is considering lowering the mark needed for a D grade, as well as introducing an E grade, at National 5 and Higher.

The E grade would allow pupils gaining a mark of as little as 35 per cent in the final exam to walk away with a qualification instead of a fail. Meanwhile, pupils could be ...

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