Pupils could be allowed to sit tests at home to be used as evidence for grades this year

Students in England could be allowed to take at-home tests that would provide evidence of GCSE, AS and A-level grades this year, pending suggestions on how to replace canceled official exams.

The Department of Education (DfE) and Ofqual, England's Examination Board, have suggested that grades should be based on the teacher's assessment of the "standard by which the student works".

Examination boards should provide a range of materials for teachers to use in assessing proposals.

The DfE and Ofqual said while they were "hopeful" students ready to take assessments in school or college later this year, it may not be possible for all.

They suggested that the work could be done elsewhere if needed, such as at a student's home.

Any student taking the assessment unattended would also be required to "make an appropriate statement that they did not receive unauthorized assistance".

It comes after that GCSE and A-level exams have been canceled Amid the ongoing disruption of the coronavirus pandemic that put schools online for all but vulnerable and important working-class children by at least mid-February.

The government said the results would instead be decided by teacher-rated grades, and a two-week consultation has now been launched on proposals for grading this year – which, according to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, should not be determined by an algorithm.

"We propose that in the summer of 2021 a student's grade in each subject is based on the teacher's assessment of what standard the student is working to," DfE and Ofqual said in the Consultation document. "In the absence of exams, teachers are best placed to judge the standard to which their students are performing."

"This consultation will seek views on our proposal, including how teachers should be supported to make their assessments fairly and consistently."

The watchdog has said that it is not proposing to ask teachers what grade a student would have received if they had been able to take their exams – which teachers were asked in 2020.

"Suspending training for the 2021 cohort would make it more difficult for teachers to make such a judgment this year," the consultation said.

A number of tasks set by examination boards such as: B. Items of normal papers or individual questions could be delegated to schools for teachers to use as part of the evidence for final assessment, Ofqual's Interim Chief Regulatory said Saturday.

When asked if they would be mandatory, Simon Lebus told the BBCs today Program: “The principle at the moment is that they are provided or made available as part of a package – schools might choose not to use them. However, I think the reality is in order to get robust quality assurance agreements the use of which is a benchmark. "

Ofqual also suggested in the consultation that students who do not believe their grade given reflect evidence of the standard at which they performed may appeal.

"In order for review boards to be able to assess grievances that are much easier and less complicated when there are externally defined tasks that they can use as part of their overall assessment of the evidence, certain assessment judgments have been made." Mr Lebus said on Saturday.

Students could get their A-Level and GCSE scores by early July as part of proposals earlier than usual and aiming to allow enough time for appointments before the next semester.

Additional coverage by the Press Association

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