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Posted on 07 September 2017

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Pass marks for GCSEs in England need to be pushed upwards

Pass marks for GCSEs in England need to be pushed upwards to catch up with high performing education systems in Asia, say researchers from the Education Policy Institute.


GCSE results are being changed to grades 9 to 1, with the first such grades to be published.
But there will be two different pass marks - grade 4 as a "standard" pass and grade 5 as a "strong" pass.
Researchers say pupils need to be at grade 5 to match global rivals.
The study from the Education Policy Institute says England's school system faces an "immense challenge" if it is going to match the levels of achievement in countries such as Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan.
GCSEs in England are being made more challenging and will be decided by final exams rather than coursework, with the first results of these new-style GCSEs being published for English and maths this week.
At present, the researchers say, only 40% of pupils in state schools have reached this "world-class standard".