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Scottish Government U-urn on results after significant downgrading

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

When Scottish students opened their results on the 4th August, many were disappointed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, exams were cancelled this year for all students in the UK, meaning teachers submitted estimated grades based on previous results, evidence of past work and predicted results. These were sent to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), who moderated 26.2% of results, and left the others unchanged. Of the 26.2% that were moderated, 93.1% were downgraded, affecting 124,564 of pupils. 

These results came under harsh scrutiny after the pass rate of pupils in the poorest and most deprived areas of the country was reduced by 15.2%, compared with the pass rate drop in the more affluent areas which dropped by 6.9%. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted that ‘we did not get this right’, and announced that pupils will all get their teacher allocated grades (apart from those who got upgraded).


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