Marking based on level playing field;Letter

6th August 1999 at 01:00
STEVE Cooper, ("Perplexed by unlevel marking", TES, July 23) writes about a hypothetical situation.

In reality, the situation is not so simple. His argument assumes that a pupil entered for tier 3-6 answers correctly all questions focused at levels 5 and 6 and incorrectly answers all the (easier) questions focused at levels 3 and 4.

This pattern of performance is unlikely to occur. Pupils are awarded levels based on marks they have gained across all the questions on a set of papers. Our tests award levels which best represent a pupil's performance overall.

Dr Jannette Elwood Principal officer Key stage 3 Qualifications and Curriculum Authority 29 Bolton Street London W1

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