Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Realistic Results Will Help to Restore Public Confidence

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Realistic Results Will Help to Restore Public Confidence

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Byline: Alan Smithers

POLITICIANS have always welcomed A-level grade inflation because it appeared to say the education system was getting better.

But the pass rate has been increasing for so long that public confidence has been reduced -- and it has made it difficult for universities to differentiate between outstanding candidates and those who are simply very good.

Now, finally, the new watchdog Ofqual has put standards under scrutiny. This is a good thing and we should welcome it.

Realistically, other things being equal, the overall pattern of results should be similar from year to year -- sometimes up a little, sometimes down a little. Nothing can rise indefinitely. Today's results still represent fantastic success. But they should also go some way to restoring public confidence in the system.

There are some other changes to be aware of this year. Universities are being allowed to admit as many students scoring AAB as they like. …

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