England’s exams regulator reverses course after grading furore

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LONDON — England’s school examinations regulator said it had made a mistake with the way it awarded grades to school students in England after their exams were canceled due to COVID-19, and the grades would now be based on teachers’ assessments instead.

Roger Taylor, chair of the Ofqual exam board regulator, said the body had taken “the wrong road” and had to change course as he offered an apology to students and to schools.

The government has faced days of criticism after Ofqual used an algorithm to assess grade predictions made by teachers, and lowered those grades for almost 40% of students taking their main school-leaving exams. (Reporting by William Schomberg; editing by William James)