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This means that the number of actual marks required to get a grade is very likely to change every year, but it does ensure that the same percentage of candidates get an A*, a C etc.That's a pretty fair way of awarding grades so long as the nature of the candidates and the nature of the grading system doesn't change.The old Maths GCSE involved coursework, the new one does not.
This article was written before the summer 2017 exam results were published.
Reviewing the points made two years later, in June 2019, we can report that the 20 results showed no more 'out of tolerance' results than in previous years.
If it were as simple as the top two grades (8 and 9) being the same as an A*, and the other 8 grades running in parallel, comparisons would be easy enough.
Alas, it's not that straightforward as the official OFQUAL summary of new grades shows.
That means that broadly speaking results were the same, but our other concerns about the new exams and grading system remain.
The new GCSE exams involve changes to content, exam format and grading.
The new system (which applies only to results from new GCSEs) has one extra level.
This will make it less easy for exam boards to maintain consistency with previous years.
Because the changes have been substantial and, as with any new exam, only a very limited range of 'specimen' exam papers have been available, it has been less easy for students and their teachers to anticipate the challenges posed by this summer's Maths and English GCSE papers.
In particular teachers have not been able confidently to predict GCSE grades in the new exams.