UK GCSE grades and enabling failure?
I've touched on how flabbergasted I am with SK15's school's attitude in another thread, but now he's come home having scored 51% in a mock GCSE and has been told that this is excellent and is a Grade A (7). This time I have checked the exam paper myself and this time I know it's not one of his "oh yeah, it was really easy" remarks before he gets 25%, it's all there written on the front.
He has left more than half the questions unanswered, the answer booklet is more than half empty. Answers seem to be have been marked twice, with one question he clearly got mostly wrong (you don't have to be Einstein to see how his answer doesn't correctly answer the question) being first marked 1/3 then reviewed and upped to 3 - full marks.
So, he's told he has a grade 7. He only scored 51%!! Apparently grade 7 is an A!!! Can anyone with more insight into this madness help me understand what's going on?
The impact? He thinks he's doing really well, he's just regarding the rest of his revision as 'topping up' on a deep understanding of the topic, and so he's spending even more time on SnapChat confidently bragging about how great he's doing. If I'd ever have left half an O'level paper empty it would be an F, not an A.