sqa’s predicted grade markings to be changed

sqa’s predicted grade markings to be changed

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Jennifer Wallace-McDowall started this petition to Scottish Government and

the SQA has given us unrealistic grades to those that have worked hard. i say our grades have to be changed to a REALISTIC grade. From prelims to exams, the average student is to have a 10% increase from their prelim score  to exams. therefore, if a student was to have have a 45% mark in a prelim it would averagely move up to a C (a pass). However the SQA has found some way that exam grades are actually WORSE than the prelims we took. Therefore showing full lack of interest in students hard work.

It also appears that students that did worse in prelims have been increased in grade although those with higher grades have been lowered. This petition is mainly aimed towards schools with lower funding or with lower educational attainment. These students have now been shackled to the SQA’s and teachers poor assessment of exam results. Now their chances at applying to jobs/ apprenticeships and universities has been ruined or has became extremely difficult because the grades have been based off of other PAST students grades rather than singular students and looking CLOSELY at what they have done over the year.

This is unacceptable and a injustice especially to less fortunate schools. The SQA should take exam grades back in and look over every student, singularly at their work and achievements throughout the YEARS in high school, including looking at past prelim results compared to exams. This would provide an accurate account of students abilities instead of clearly guessing what a child would get because of their past peers. 


The main reason i’m fighting for this cause is because my grades have been ruined because of a pandemic i couldn’t control. i usually have issues with my prelims because i don’t understand classes fully until april, then i study hard and my grade becomes much higher moving up several grades.This year my prelims weren’t awful but my exam results were shocking. My english prelim i got an A on and for all in class tests i have gotten an As although my predicted grade from the SQA exam board was apparently a C. i’m appealing this as it’s just unfair and wrong i put a lot of effort into school and i deserve my good grades. i’m not naturally that smart and i have to study lots for my grades so to get this is just harsh. all my effort for nothing. i know lots of my friends and other students have had this issue and i want to make it right.

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