Research and analysis

Ofqual 2017 summer exam series report

These reports covers GCSE, AS and A level exams taken during summer 2017.

Documents

Summer 2017 Exam Series Report

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Infographic - Summer exam series 2017

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Inter-board comparability of grade standards in GCSEs, AS and A levels 2017

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Data tables: Inter-board comparability of grade standards in GCSEs, AS and A levels 2017

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Summer 2017 GCSE mathematics assessments review (Holmes, Howard and Stratton, 2017)

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Reviews of marking and moderation resulting in grade changes of 2 grades or more

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Maintaining standards in the first awards of the 9 to 1 GCSEs

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Details

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.

Published 14 December 2017