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CentrePiece article
Costs of just failing high-stakes exams
Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela
July 2018
Paper No' CEPCP534:
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CentrePiece 23 (2) Summer 2018

JEL Classification: I20; I21; I24

Tags: high stakes examinations; manipulation; english

School students who narrowly fail to achieve a grade C in their GCSE English exam at age 16 pay a high price, according to research by Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela and colleagues. Their study concludes that young people are not getting the support they need if they fail to make the grade, even narrowly.

This article summarises ‘Entry through the Narrow Door: The Costs of Just Failing High Stakes Exams’ by Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela, Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) Discussion Paper No. 14, April 2018