Tuesday 11 August 2020
Green Party Councillor Simon Lee, who is also a teacher, said:
"I am concerned that Northern Ireland students are going to be faced with a similar situation to that experienced by many Scottish students when the results are published on Thursday.
"I share the concern of many of my colleagues around the inclusion of "trending data" in the calculation of grades.
"Sitting exams this summer was out of the question with the Covid crisis. However, I am worried that the performance of previous students will unfairly affect students. Those from less affluent backgrounds are particularly at risk from the unfairness of trending data.
"Teachers must be trusted as professionals. If grades are to be calculated without terminal assessment, then teachers who know the students best, using data from past performance from the students concerned, are best placed to calculate fair grades.
"Students should always be assessed on their own merits. Every student is an individual and must be given a fair opportunity to progress."
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