Give me an A
A-level reputation in severe decline...now even an exam board chief doubts their value - Times Online
The reputation of A levels has been dealt a blow after the head of an exam board expressed doubts about their value. Simon Lebus, group chief executive of the Cambridge Assessment board, part of Cambridge University, said that examiners, regulators and politicians had all been wrong in failing to address declining public confidence in “A-level currency”....He cited research from Dr Robert Coe, of Durham University, showing that A-level results for pupils of the same ability improved by two grades between 1988 and 2006.
The A-level pass rate has risen for 25 successive years, reaching 96.9 per cent this year, with nearly one in ten candidates achieving three A grades.
The Government and examination boards have emphasised that improvements to A-level standards are the result of better teaching and learning, even though opinion polls have shown that nearly half the public believe that A levels have become easier.
"A" level students work incredibly hard and are bright, and it is insulting to them that their achievements are now in a devalued currency. It means that they are being insulted and put down because the Government want "everyone to be a winner". It's a bit like boasting of climbing Snowdon, but now being allowed to take the train. Their pride is being stolen by the system and that is unforgivable.