‘Significant Improvements’ to Exam Appeal Process
The Commons Education Select Committee were told by Ofqual Chief that the proposals for a better system for appealing exam marks would be announced towards the end of this month.
Last year saw the number of appeals against grades skyrocket to over 400,000, resulting in over 77,000 grades being changed. The amount of grades challenged in 2010 was 189,950, showing a massive surge in people questioning their exam results.
It has been recognised that there is a problem with the current system in place, and the upcoming changes should improve the process to make it ‘swift, effective and fair’. Technology is being used increasingly to monitor the quality of marking, with substantial grade changes upon appeal being attributed to administrative errors, not rogue markers. There are also ‘probity’ checks in place to ensure markers are being rigorous enough.