…not even in the midst of a PandemicPanic:
GCSE and A-level results are expected to be awarded based on predicted grades and teacher assessment after schools were closed and exams cancelled, leading to concerns that minority ethnic and working-class pupils will be disadvantaged.
Prof Kalwant Bhopal, director of the centre for research in race and education at Birmingham University, said predicted grades were often wrong, to the detriment of some categories of student.
Ah. A persistent racehustler says so. Well, OK, let’s hear him out.
“There’s a lot of evidence to show that there are stereotypes around particular types of students, so their predicted grades are lower, and when they do the exam they do better than their predicted grade,” she said.“Students who are from white, middle-class, affluent backgrounds will do very well from these predicted grades, especially those from private schools. Their parents would just go to the school and argue the case that ‘My child isn’t a B, they’re an A*’, and the teachers will take that on board. Those students will do better.”
Oh, it’s just that easy, is it? What’s to stop the parents of the ‘disadvantaged’ pupils doing the same then?
Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, agreed: “Predictions are just very, very flaky, and sometimes people game the system. They’re intentionally wrong.”
Isn’t ‘gaming the system’ something all creeds and colours can play then?
Edward, 17, an A-level student in Witney in Oxfordshire, said it would be unfair to base final grades on mock exams as most pupils did not make as much effort as they would for a real exam, and many had improved since.
Well, let that be a lesson to you in the importance of simulation, kiddo! If you’re not treating it as real, why are you doing it at all?