Yes its all over the internet. Computer Science GCSE has leaked and its not a rumour!
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England has confirmed breach in the GCSE computer science examination.
The breach according to Ofqual, was targeted at Non-exam assessment in computer science which was intended to test students’ programming skills and is worth 20% of the overall 9 to 1 grade. The body confirmed this in a statement issued online saying that “some of this year’s tasks have been posted to online forums and collaborative programming sites, contrary to exam board rules. Detailed solutions have been provided in many cases, and some of these posts have been viewed thousands of times”
The body also affirmed that due to the extent of the malpractice in this qualification, it was concluded that it will no longer possible them ensure that grades awarded next summer will fairly reflect the ability of all students unless changes are made to the assessment arrangements.
The leakage has consequently forced Ofqual to launch a formal consultation for an alternative assessment arrangements that would apply to students sitting exams in 2018 and 2019. This consultation which among other things, includes a discussion of the need to consult in due course on a longer-term solution for non-exam assessment as part of this qualification.is opened through till 22 December 2017. You can learn more about it, and/or participate either responding online or through downloading a response form.
Speaking on the matter, Julie Swan, Executive Director for General Qualifications, said:
“It is with great reluctance that we are proposing to change a qualification for which students are already studying. However, we must take immediate action to address these issues and the potential impact on public confidence in relation to this qualification”.
It is gathered that the board’s intention was to retain the need for the non-exam assessment task to be completed by students, but for it not to contribute to their overall 9 to 1 grade prior to launching this consultation.
We shall learn more in the coming weeks on what decision is taken.
The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic qualification, generally taken in a number of subjects by pupils in secondary schools in England and Wales. Each GCSE qualification is in a particular subject, and stands alone, but a suite of such qualifications (or their equivalents) are generally accepted as the record of achievement at the age of 16, in place of a leaving certificate or baccalaureate qualification in other territories.
Ofqual – The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation is the body that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.
Ofqual was set up in April 2010 under the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and is also covered by the Education Act 2011. The department is responsible for maintaining standards and confidence in qualifications in England including GCSEs, A levels, AS levels and vocational and technical qualifications.