Summer 2017 data on reviews of marking and moderation for GCSEs, GCE AS and GCE A levels

Thursday 14 Dec 2017

Proportion of certificated grades that were challenged and changed

In Wales, the proportion of all certificated GCSE, AS and A level grades that were challenged and the proportion of grades that changed as a result is very similar to previous years.

  • In 2017, 2.5 percent of all certificated GCSE, AS and A level grades were challenged and 0.5 per cent were changed (see Ofqual tables 1&2).
  • In 2016, 2.4 per cent of all certificated GCSE, AS and A level grades were challenged and 0.4 per cent were changed (see Ofqual tables 1&2).

Review requests

This year, 12,930 reviews of marking were requested for GCSE assessments in Wales, compared to 8,625 last year, an increase of 49.9 per cent. Some of this increase may be explained by the 12.3 per cent increase in entries for GCSE qualifications this summer compared with 2016.  This increase in entries was largely driven by the replacement of a single GCSE Mathematics with two new GCSEs and an increase in the number of students in year 10 taking their exams early. The introduction of new qualifications may also have influenced some centres’ decisions about whether to request a review of marking.

For AS and A level assessments in Wales, 3,020 reviews were requested this year compared to 3,605 last year, a decrease of 16.2 per cent. Some of this decrease may be explained by the 6.2 per cent decrease in entries for AS and A level qualifications this summer compared with 2016.

Most commonly challenged grades

The most commonly challenged GCSE grades in Wales were grade D (59.1 per cent of reviews) and grade B (15.1 per cent of reviews) (see Ofqual table 9).

For AS and A level, the most commonly challenged grades in Wales were grade B (32.3 per cent of reviews) and grade C (27.2 per cent of reviews) (see Ofqual table 9).

Mark and Grade Changes

Overall, 53.3. per cent of reviews requested resulted in no mark change (see Ofqual table 10). It is important to note that a mark change does not necessarily result in a grade change.

  • At GCSE, of the reviews requested, 77.5 per cent had no grade change.
  • At AS and A level, 80.4 per cent of the reviews had no grade change (see Ofqual table 12 in data tables for Wales).

 

The full statistical report can be found here.

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