Standardisation arrangements for summer 2020 in Wales

Following the Minister for Education’s announcement to close schools and colleges and cancel the 2020 summer exam series to help fight the spread of COVID-19, we have worked to develop a process that fairly recognises learners’ work and makes sure they get their grades in time to progress.

In May, we consulted on introducing aims to underpin the statistical standardisation model for the issuing of grades for the summer 2020 exam series, and the responses showed that we had support for these aims.

For this summer’s awards, schools, colleges and other exam centres have been asked to provide centre assessment grades (CAGs) and a rank order for their learners. This has never been done before, but the unprecedented circumstances meant taking extraordinary action. 

It’s important that the grades awarded in August are as fair as possible, and that there is consistency across centres and across years. For this reason, a standardisation process will be applied to the information provided by centres. This is to ensure that learners across Wales are treated in the fairest possible way. 

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