Over the past couple of years I’ve been reviewing the GCSE pass marks for maths They have shown a marked decline. The students who took the exam in 2006 are entering universities in September 2008. On the GCSE maths, a C grade on the non calculator paper could be gained for just 20%. This data has been extracted from the examiners reports posted in the AQA website.
The June 2007 results are not yet published – and comparing them would be difficult directly because there was a new syllabus, excluding the coursework. I examined the calculator paper as well, and this showed the same type of decline. We are continually getting told that pass rates are climbing, but at what cost? If the kids are being taught correctly then why is there a seeming necessity to massage the figures?