Research and analysis

Variability in GCSE results: 2012 to 2015

Ofqual's study into variability in GCSE results for individual schools and colleges from 2012 to 2015.


Variability in GCSE Results for Individual Schools and Colleges: 2012 to 2015

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We know that results from one year to the next can vary, but until recently we had not tried to quantify ‘normal’ variability.

We want to understand what level of variation is normal so we can understand whether results in any one year are within the expected level of variability, or outside that.

This document summarises what we have found in some key GCSE subjects over the last few years.

Published 20 August 2015