Variation in GCSE, AS and A level qualification results in Wales, Summer 2020

An annual release that presents statistics on the variation in exam results. For 2020 this release has been expanded substantially to include more analysis.

Release Date: Monday 12 October, 2020
Period covered: Summer series 2020
Next Update: September 2021 (Provisional)

Key Points:  

  • The difference between standardised grades, centre assessment grades (CAGs), and revised grades in summer 2020 by centres shows that:

– For A levels, compared to the standardised grades, CAGs increased the average grade score of a centre by 0.5 grade, on average. The revised grades, relative to the standardised grades, increased the centre average grade score by 0.6, on average. 

  • The difference between standardised grades, CAGs, and revised grades by centre type shows that:

– For A levels, relative to the standardised grades, CAGs increased the centre average grade score by 0.3 for colleges/FE, 0.5 for independent centres, and 0.7 for secondary centres. The revised grades, relative to the standardised grades, increased the centre average grade score by 0.4 for colleges/FE, 0.6 for independent centres, and 0.7 for secondary centres. For colleges/FE and independent centres these statistics are based on small samples and so are not robust. 

  • There is evidence of atypical variation in results for A level, AS, and GCSE over time. There is also evidence that the impact of the increases in results is different at different points in the grade scale, with more marked changes in the middle of the cumulative grade thresholds.
     
  • There is evidence of inconsistent variation in results by subject for A level, AS, and GCSEs. 

  • There is evidence of inconsistent variation in results across centres, centre types, local authorities, and regional consortia for A level, AS, and GCSEs. 

Contact 

Statistician 

Tel: 01633 373 253 

Email: statistics@qualificationswales.org 

Press 

Tel: 01633 373 216 

Email: comms@qualificationswales.org

Centre Level Results: Summer 2019 Wales

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