"Better than last year?? Oh these kids, they're so much smarter than we were as young'uns!" squeal delighted mothers up and down the country, pinching the cheeks of their 16 year old children with pride.
Well, sorry Mothers of Britain. You're wrong.
Children aren't getting smarter- there are studies to prove it!
So why are grades improving so dramatically? Well, the answer is... grade inflation.
The problem is that the exam boards, like AQA or OCR, have total control over what percentage of the country get which grades- they can set the bar as high or low as they like.
But clearly, competitive schools which want to get the best grades will only enter their students to the more lenient exam boards. So the exam boards play at lowering their grade boundaries.
This means that nowadays, there are far more students getting As and A*s than there used to be- which is called grade inflation.
Now, increased grades wouldn't be a problem if it were on a small scale, but it isn't. Nationally, grades are improving- devaluing the GCSE enormously.
But don't just take my word for it!
Take it from Michael Gove, Education Secretary, who said grade inflation "discredits the integrity of our education system".
What I propose is that the exam boards are given less control over grade boundaries- it should be regulated by the government that say, 5% of the country get A*s and 15* get As. That way, the GCSE would be worth more, and would be an actual representation of how intelligent someone is.
Comment if you agree or disagree! I'd like to hear what you all think, seeing as most of my readers are teenagers doing GCSEs!
And if you liked this blog, check out the first in this series- Problems in Education: Worthless GCSEs!