First fall in GCSE grades in exam's history

Published on Thursday, 23 August 2012 09:49
Written by Scott Buckler

There has been a fall in the proportion of GCSEs awarded an A*-C grade, for the first time since the exams were introduced 24 years ago

This year's results show 69.4% of entries earned grades A*-C, compared with 69.8% last year.There is also a fall in the proportion of pupils receiving the top A* and A grades, down to 22.4% from 23.2%.

About 658,000 16-year-olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their results.A further 547,000 candidates, many of whom will have sat exams a year early or as adults, are also receiving their grades.

The pass rate had steadily risen since the exams replaced O-levels and CSEs in 1988, when 42.5% of entries were awarded an A*-C grade.By 2010 69.1% were awarded these grades, prompting accusations of grade inflation.

Source: ©BBC News

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