Saturday, September 10, 2005

A Remark On Percentages

I'm sorry, but my self-imposed exile is over, if only briefly. Why, oh why, is this an issue?

There are genuine problems with the UK system of examinations, but why should it be controversial that forty-something percent is enough to get an A*? That assumes that there is a fixed difficulty for every paper. It is quite imaginable that on certain hard papers, that would deserve an A*. It suggests the paper is oddly schewed so it doesn't properly differentiate the candidates, sure. But the media hype is complaining about it for a very different reason... the idea it shows the exam was easy!