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    http://education.guardian.co.uk/alev...549545,00.html

    Woppee! Someone from the powers-that-be actually support us!!! Quotation:


    As Barry Sheerman, the chairman of the Commons education committee, told EducationGuardian.co.uk today: "We should celebrate the fact that many of our bright young people have got brilliant qualifications and will go on. It's a great success. You would expect higher standards - AS-levels means that you will add another filtering system, allowing people to try a subject for a year and then drop it.

    "You've also got the background of teaching getting better. Inefficient small six forms have gone and now we've got cracking sixth-form colleges. I would expect a rising level of achievement, he added.

    Mr Sheerman also dismissed the idea of capping the percentage of A-grades. "We've taken evidence across the piece and there's not a scintilla of credibility to that argument. It's a bankrupt lurch of the educational right - Melanie Phillips and Chris Woodhead.

    "They have captured the Conservative leadership who know nothing about state education - their kids all go to private schools. Today's A-level students work harder than I ever worked," he said.




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    Furthermore, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4153816.stm

    SHOCK HORROR: BBC says that 2005 A-levels are different to those of 1980, but not neccesarily easier.
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    Finally, a breakthrough has been achieved..

    Up yours to the "university" of buckimshire [how you spell this lol] for starting it all off.
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    by the way i said the same thing as they said on the guardian article yesterday.

    "The decline in the number of candidates taking languages and some sciences is one consequence of the obsession with exam grades. Students are likely to gravitate to the courses they think will give them an advantage and at the moment an A-grade is an A-grade when it comes to university entrance, whether it is in media studies or maths. And so they shy away from "hard" subjects."

    The people in my media studies class couldn't even pass maths at my college yet they could scrape a E/D in media.
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    Yay, finally someone with some sense tries to put a stop to this 'exams are easier' nonsense
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    Well the chairman would say that wouldn't he!

    The different between A Levels now than in the 80's is that now they are broken down a lot more, which means we can improve your grade all the way through the 2 year course.
    If you end up with an E grade at AS, you can resit all 3 modules and do well in your A2 Modules and come out with an A. The current system allows for trail and error.
    Also you have the option to drop a subject at A2, which obviously means the weakest subject will be dropped.

    I think the Chairman for education needs to differentiate the B grades from the A grades, and the A grades to the real A grades.
    I mean, 44/60 is an A in most subjects as well as someone who achieves 58/60.
    This is not fair.
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    They have AEA's to distinguish between higher and lower A's (Which is needed, because the difference between the highest and lowest possible A's is twice as big as any other grade). The problem seems to be that schools don't routinely enter candidates into them. They are intended for the top 10%, but to my knowledge there were only three entries in my school. :/
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    (Original post by coldfish)
    They have AEA's to distinguish between higher and lower A's (Which is needed, because the difference between the highest and lowest possible A's is twice as big as any other grade). The problem seems to be that schools don't routinely enter candidates into them. They are intended for the top 10%, but to my knowledge there were only three entries in my school. :/
    AEA should be more widely used by 6th forms. Teachers should be able to select pupils in their class who they believe will gain a high grade and then these would take the AEA.
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    our school has never heard of them....neither had i until we came on ere!
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    (Original post by wednesburywench)
    our school has never heard of them....neither had i until we came on ere!
    Lol I'd never heard of them before :tsr: either.
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    (Original post by wednesburywench)
    our school has never heard of them....neither had i until we came on ere!
    :ditto:
 
 
 

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