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As the subject association for English and Literacy teachers in Scotland, we know how essential it is that all students, teachers and parents can rely on the examination system to fairly and reliably test skills and knowledge.
We are pleased that the SQA has moved quickly on discovering an issue with the 2016 Higher examination, and are advising our students that this should make no difference to their performance or outcomes in Thursday’s examinations.
Obviously this has caused some students undue worry and stress, which teachers across the country will have been working hard to minimize. This is always an issue with high-stakes testing, and it is regrettable that it has been compounded in this situation.
It will be important that the SQA works to keep schools, teachers and students informed about any further issues arising concerning these examinations.
English and Literacy are especially difficult subjects to assess with examinations, and it will be essential that any changes to examination questions will be clearly communicated and moderated when exam scripts are marked. It is essential that markers are properly informed of the standards, and that any oddities arising from this episode are taken into account before students receive their results.
Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-36205625