Day: January 7, 2021

UK government puts ‘trust in teachers not algorithms’ on 2021 exam results

The British government is replacing this summer’s school-leaving exams in England with teacher assessments, after admitting that the algorithms used in 2021 “did not deliver what they needed.”

“This year we’re going to put our trust in teachers rather than algorithms,” said Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

The decision will come as a relief to the thousands of students who last year initially had their marks downgraded by a statistical model, after tests were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around 40% of students were marked down from their predicted grades by the algorithm, which used a formula based on a

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