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A Is For Everyone

by | 14th, August 2003

‘IF average temperatures had risen every year for the past 21 years, would that not be a good indication of global warming?

”We can’t read what it says, but it looks like an A”

But when A-level results improve for the 21st consecutive year, this is not proof that the exams are getting easier, but that standards in our schools are improving.

Pass rates for A-levels, the results of which are out today, have risen to a record 95.4%, which any maths student (if there were any left) could tell you is a 1.1% increase on last year.

”I hope that nobody tries to run the argument that standards are falling because there is absolutely no evidence of it on the basis of this year’s results,” David Hart, of the National Association of Head Teachers, tells the Telegraph.

But not even all Mr Hart’s fellow headteachers are convinced, far less the newspapers.

In what he calls ”a hidden scandal”, John Dunford, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, tells the Times that students are deliberately taking easier A-levels to help them win a place at university.

Entries for psychology and media studies are up by 20% for instance, while the numbers taking modern languages and science subjects all fell.

”Since most university courses don’t discriminate between grades in different subjects, head teachers are bound to advise students to take subjects in which they can achieve the best grades,” Mr Dunford says.

”Maths, sciences and

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