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That means that broadly speaking results were the same, but our other concerns about the new exams and grading system remain.The new GCSE exams involve changes to content, exam format and grading.
Because the changes have been substantial and, as with any new exam, only a very limited range of 'specimen' exam papers have been available, it has been less easy for students and their teachers to anticipate the challenges posed by this summer's Maths and English GCSE papers.
In particular teachers have not been able confidently to predict GCSE grades in the new exams.
If it were as simple as the top two grades (8 and 9) being the same as an A*, and the other 8 grades running in parallel, comparisons would be easy enough.
Alas, it's not that straightforward as the official OFQUAL summary of new grades shows.
Finally, there's more overlap between Foundation and Higher Tier papers, which in practice means that less able students taking the Foundation Tier face some tougher questions.
This is true also of students taking Higher Tier papers because they will contain really difficult questions designed to identify the very top, 'grade 9', students (see below).
Again tougher for many students The new GCSE exam papers involve tougher questions.
Students now face longer questions which involve extracting information to calculate with.
This article was written before the summer 2017 exam results were published.
Reviewing the points made two years later, in June 2019, we can report that the 20 results showed no more 'out of tolerance' results than in previous years.