Exams regulator Ofqual has launched a consultation on the new grading system for new GCSEs to be taught from 2015.
Ofqual had confirmed that the current system of grading GCSE results from A* to G would be replaced with a numerical system from 9 to 1 (with 9 being the top level) last November.
The consultation now seeks views on the details of the grading system for the new exams.
The consultation covers key issues such as what the current grade C would equate to in the new system, and how performance in GCSE results could be internationally benchmarked. The consultation also wants views on a suggestion to make the top grade, 9, attainable by about half those currently awarded an A*.
Key consultation proposals include:
GCSE Maths, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature will be the first GCSEs to be taught in schools from September 2015. The new grading system will apply to the first new GCSE exams taken in 2017.
An OCR spokesperson commented: “We look forward to contributing assessment expertise to this consultation and urge teachers, students, parents, employers, and the wider education community to express their views. The timing of the consultation is challenging but the issues are crucial. We are talking about substantial changes to the grading system that could have a significant effect on the students of the future. The alignment of the Grade 5 to the international PISA tests in particular is going to cause much debate.”
Take part in Ofqual’s consultation.