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Maths A-level grades still inflating

14/10/2011 Joanna
A conference held by the exams watchdog Ofqual has heard that Maths A-level results have been steadily inflating since 1988, people applying for teaching jobs in the subject will be interested to hear.

Speaking at the event, Professor Robert Coe of Durham University said that students who would have only achieved a D or an E grade 20 years ago are now able to secure an A or a B, the Guardian reported.

Prof Coe said: "We have seen candidates with the same level of ability awarded A-levels about a tenth of a grade higher every year since 1988," the newspaper quoted.

He added that the trend appears to have been maintained in the most recent cohort

Education Minister Michael Gove told the conference that he would like to open up a debate on returning the A-level marking system to 'norm referencing' for the very top grades.

Under norm referencing, only students who receive grades within the top ten percentile would be able to gain an A*.

The current system gives an A* to students who receive a mark of 90 per cent or above in every paper.

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