The summer report provides a general overview of the summer 2017 exams in England. There is an infographic to give an overview of the data from this summer’s exams.
Maintaining standards in the first awards of the 9 to 1 GCSEs
Ahead of the summer, we considered how standards should be maintained in the first awards of new 9 to 1 GCSEs, given anticipated changes in cohort entries. We decided that predictions would be based on previous GCSE outcomes only.
Inter-board comparability of grade standards
After exam papers have been marked, we monitor selected GCSE and A level awards to ensure that grade standards within subjects are in line across exam boards. We found this to be the case in 2017.
Summer 2017 GCSE mathematics assessments review
And this year we also looked at the difficulty of the live GCSE maths questions compared with the sample questions that were accredited. Our research indicates that the exam boards produced papers containing questions of similar difficulty to their sample assessment materials and to each other this summer.