That has implications for the quality of provision that young people are likely to receive. How good are people at estimating lengths, weights, times, angles, sizes, etc?
Investigate whether it is possible to gain information about authorship of a text using statistical measures. Reaction time vs hand-eye coordination in a game. This owed as much to a lowering of the marks needed to get each grade as it did to greater efforts by teachers and students.
However, the National Association of Headteachers warned that "supervision" would create "a considerable time burden in the very demanding school day". All exams are now taken at the end of the course, and retaking bits of the exam to improve overall grades is no longer possible.
Below 5 there was a U ungraded grade. Other removed qualifications include a variety of design technology subjects, which are reformed into a single "design and technology" subject with multiple options, and various catering and nutrition qualifications, which are folded into "food technology".
However the grades were not displayed on certificates.
The word on the street is that, in Maths at least, it is harder to get a 4 than it is to get a C at the moment. First new AS level exams in Phase 2 subjects.
The science reforms, in particular, mean that single-award "science" and "additional science" options are no longer available, being replaced with a double award "combined science" option graded on the scale to and equivalent to 2 GCSEs.
The authority will recommend next week that coursework be abolished in maths, where it counts for up to a fifth of the marks and some other GCSE subjects but that it should be retained in others, such as art, geography and English.