The Bell-Curve Cage: Something must break. | Tom Sherrington

Bell curve: Ellen Wexler/The Flat Hat. Composite: teacherhead.

I keep going on about this but at some point, something’s going to break.

Ever since Michael Gove and Ofqual – more or less independently – decided, reasonably and sensibly, to bring an end to grade inflation around 2010, taking effect from 2013, we’ve been on a collision course with our embedded, natural and reasonable desire for continual improvement.

Here’s the thing.  If you’re using the same mechanisms – ie our national examinations – to measure both improvement and standards, you’re stuffed. You can’t keep a firm hold…

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