The 2021 A-Level ‘Teacher Awarded Grades’ – Incomparable with 2019’s but more Valid?
Nearly double the amount of students received top grades in 2021 compared to 2019: While a politician might try to convince you these two sets of results are measuring the same thing, it’s obvious to anyone that they are not. The 2021 results are ‘Teacher Awarded Grades’, they are not the same thing as the…
Sociological Perspectives on the 2020 Exam results fiasco
What a mess this years exam results were! First of all students get awarded their results based primarily on an algorithm, which adjusted center predicted grades up or down depending on how their historical results records. Then those results were scrapped in favour of the original teacher predicted grades, awarded several months ago, unless the…
Students like to think that their exam results are primarily down their own individual effort and ability (their ‘merit’ if you like), and these are two of the factors which influence their exam results. However, the results statistics clearly show us that social factors such as parental income, wider social class background, gender and ethnicity…
The Scottish Exam Results: The real losers are last year’s cohort, and the next!
Now they’ve had a day to do some basic analysis of the Scottish exam results the newspapers have had a chance to put their spin on the story – and the narrative runs something like this: First narrative – ‘Scottish pupils have had their teacher predicted grades lowered by the qualifications authority’. Second narrative: –…
how many students study A-level sociology? What kinds of results do sociology students achieve?
Why boys aren’t really catching up girls at A-level
The 2017 A level results revealed that boys beat girls to top grades, with 26.6% of boys achieving the top grades A-A* compared to 26.1% of girls. This is the first time in years that boys have done better than girls at A level, and suggests that they may be starting to close the ‘gender…