Don't blame teachers for fluctuations in school exam results, say researchers

Researchers from Cambridge Assessment find that it is 'normal' for school exam results to change even when teaching quality stays the same.


It is normal for a school's GCSE results to change from one year to the next – even when teaching quality remains the same, according to one of country’s biggest exam boards.


Researchers at Cambridge Assessment have called for “realistic expectations” of the system as, they argue, teachers cannot know what mix of abilities they’ll get in a particular class each year. 


The new study, from researchers Cara Crawford and Tom Benton, says that volatility in schools’ GCSE exam results is “normal, quantifiable and predictable”.


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