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Last update: 27/05/2012
A* at A-level - 2011 report
ALL has published a very helpful webpage and report on the A level results at
Report pasted below.
Summary of situation re new A* at A-level - Sept 11
Figures are for
· The serious issue regarding the number of A* awarded in Modern Language subjects especially French has continued.
· The intake profile of French has more higher-attaining students (like other subjects such as Maths and Physics), and so they have had a higher percentage of students gaining grade A at A-level (e.g. 38.6% of entries in 2009 [the last pre-A* year] – German 40%, Maths 45%, Physics 32% etc compared with 26.7% for all subjects)
· One would therefore expect to also have a higher than average percentage of students gaining A* in such subjects. However, given the definition of A*, it would seem plausible that the ratio of A* to A*+A students would be similar across a range of subjects
· But this is not the case for French which has 39.1% of students with A or A*, but only 7.7% with A* - this gives a very low ratio of 20% of A* to A+A*.
· The front page of TES on 13th August 2010 had the headline “Exam boards massage A* A-level marks, Ofqual admits” http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6054157; Geoff Lucas (Secretary to HMC) wrote a measured critique of the process of introducing the new A* grade in TES on 20th August 2010
· The situation in 2011 has deteriorated. The proportion of A* to A+A* is given below:
With the rise in 2011 in the number of universities requiring an
A*, this issue is increasing in importance
· With the rise in 2011 in the number of universities requiring an A*, this issue is increasing in importance
· There are some very technical issues regarding the process of assigning grade boundaries at A-level using the A/B boundary and the E/U boundary with subsequent interpolation (and now extrapolation for A*) which were raised at the Ofqual inter-subject comparability seminar in Oct’ 08, together with the “2% rule” referred to by Geoff Lucas.