Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils' Grades Don't Add Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils' Grades Don't Add Up

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Byline: By Amanda Crook

Thousands of North East teenagers may have been given the wrong marks in this year's national curriculum tests ( and some are still waiting for their grades.

All 14-year-olds took the exams in English, maths and science last term but most had to wait until the end of term before being graded because of problems caused by changes in marking procedures.

Dozens of schools across the region were stunned by the results, which varied by up to 30% from predicted grades.

Many schools have now sent exam scripts back to the new National Assessment Agency for checking.

Teachers say the delays and uncertainty will make it harder for students to choose GCSE subjects and for teachers to organise pupils into classes according to their ability.

Bob Dingle, headteacher of Seaham School, County Durham, and North East representative of the Secondary Heads Association, (SHA) was delighted by higher-than-expected English results at his own school but concerned that students had not done as well as expected in science. …

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