Exam board handed biggest ever fine for allowing GCSE and A-levels to be 'remarked' by the same examiner
16th October 2019
The UK’s biggest exam board has admitted that for three years, some of its GCSE and A-level papers were “remarked” by the same examiner as it is handed the biggest ever fine by the regulator.
AQA was ordered to pay £350,000 by Ofqual as well as an unprecedented £735,570 in compensation to schools and exam centres around the country.
During 2016, 2017 and 2018, AQA failed to ensure that the examiners who remarked papers following an appeal were different to the examiners who had marked them the first time around.
In some cases, internal marking reviews and were completed by someone who had a “personal interest” in the outcome, according to a ruling published by exam watchdog.
The exam watchdog estimates that over 53,000 exam scripts were affected, which is equivalent to seven per cent of all appealed papers over the past three years.
However, the true scale of the failings will never be known since AQA deletes all exam data after a year so calculations have been based only on the 2018 exam series.
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