Thursday, December 22, 2011

Good news for government, bad news for students

The political ping pong that is education enters a new stage. Ofqual has called for a new exam paper in the wake of recent allegations and tougher scrutiny on exam marking. The good news for the government is that if student performance drops then blame can be placed at the feet of previous Labour governments. The bad news for students is that, if the allegations have any merit, many students have been steered toward some topics rather than others to improve their exam performance and now the exam may be changed.

It will be interesting to see if Michael Gove moves forward with fundamental changes to the exam system, such as ensuring that one body produces one test for all students (rather than multiple exam boards producing different tests used to evaluate all students on a common measure). Let us hope so.

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