A-levels are a grade easier in the Blair era

29th June 2007 at 01:00
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A-levels are a grade easier in the Blair era Daily Mail

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This is based on a Durham university study, quoted in a new report by the Civitas think tank, which said rising test and exam scores in England's schools did not reflect real improvements.

The Durham academics compared the performance of 18-year-olds in an independent reasoning test with their grades at A-level. A student with a 50 per cent score in the independent test in 1997 gained on average a low C grade at A-level that year. Sixth- formers with the same test result scored a low B on average in 2005.

This, however, is not conclusive evidence that A-levels have got easier. It may be that teachers are getting better at helping students to do well in their exams.

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