How the Government's bodged A level grading automatically failed thousands of students
Over 13,000 A Level students have been given a U (Fail) grade, under a random allocation by the Government formula/algorithm.
Every year, some students fail to turn up for their exam (or miss the point of the question) and so get a U. This year the Government said that, as some students get a U each year, a similar number had to this year, even though the "not turning up" issue didn't apply.
So someone HAD to be given a U - usually the student who "might" be bottom of the class based on previous assessments. And this has happened more often in places with "underperforming" schools.
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Ministers had five months to prepare for this but chaos has reigned since results days. Our young people deserve so much better from this Government.
This article explains more about the grading system; as does this statistical blog and this article explains how the algorithm just built unfairness on top of an already unfair system, and this article further explains the flaws in our current system.
Stories of students marked down