Mythbusting: 3 Common Misconceptions

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Here are three things we often hear:

  1. GCSEs used to be criterion referenced.
  2. My school can’t improve because of Ofqual’s approach.
  3. There is a cap on the number of each grade awarded.

None of these is true.

“GCSEs used to be criterion referenced.”

Criterion referencing involves measuring a student’s performance against pre-determined criteria, or learning outcomes - written descriptions of what students should know and be able to do. For a qualification to be criterion referenced, the criteria would have to be very clear so that all those involved in assessing students had a common…

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