Ofqual reviews GCSE and A level marking standards

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Exam regulator Ofqual has published its first findings from a report on the quality of external marking, following the increasing number of complaints it has received from schools in recent years.

The research, published on the 7 June, explores some of these complaints, how marking works today and how it has developed over the past ten years.

Two further reports, identifying how marking can be improved, will be published later this summer.

Ofqual’s Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey said the issue was not with the markers themselves, but with the system: “As we set out in the report, the biggest factor influencing the reliability of marking is the design of the assessment itself – the style and quality of the questions and the quality of the accompanying mark schemes. These are matters we intend to improve as qualifications are reformed.”

The Quality of marking review can be viewed here.


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