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    UK children to get £40 (Approx. US$60) a week to study A levels. A £600 million (Approx. US$900,000) scheme to extend educational maintenance allowances across the country will be at the heart of a three-year spending review ...More from the Times

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    'Let in state pupils with lower grades'. UK state school pupils should be allowed into university with lower A-level grades than applicants from independent schools, a minister has said ...More from the Times

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    Starred grades for infants' tests. New, starred exam grades could be introduced for the brightest pupils as young as seven in England ...More from the BBC

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    Ministry overseer sent to UK exam board. A government adviser was sent in yesterday to help to run the Edexcel examination board after Tony Blair's spokesman condemned its performance as sloppy ...More from the Times

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    New grade for A level elite. Downing Street are drawing up plans to introduce a higher mark for the brightest UK pupils ...More from the Times

    Exams authority faces legal action over fiasco. Scotland's exams body is facing its first legal action for damages from a pupil who was given the wrong results in the exams fiasco of 2000. Lawyers acting on behalf of 18-year-old Claire Bowen believe that the move may open the floodgates for similar claims against the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Miss Bowen is seeking compensation on the basis that the SQA's negligence harmed her academic career ...More from Ananova

    Pakistani school chiefs enrage parents by demanding schoolgirl photos. Schoolgirls in part of Pakistan have been told to provide photos of themselves if they want to take their exams. The move in the Swat region of the country, where girls normally wear veils, has enraged parents. They say their daughters will pull out of education altogether rather than comply with the ruling ...More from Ananova

    Random answers win illiterate man top university place. An illiterate butcher has been offered a place at Brazil's top university after giving random answers in a multiple choice admission test. Severino Da Silva, from Nova Iguaçu, has passed the test for the law course at the Estacio De Sa University in Rio De Janeiro. He ranked 9th among more than 1,000 hopefuls ...More from Ananova

    New crackdown on cyber exam cheats. A new crackdown on cyber cheats in the UK has been launched aimed at making exams on computers fair for all. The British Standards Institution has proposed a set of guidelines for schools and universities that use high-tech methods to question students. Online hacking of examination papers is a major concern ...More from Ananova

    Thousands of US college entrance exams go missing. Thousands of US students may have to retake their university entrance tests because their papers have gone missing. Up to 7,800 Scholastic Assessment Tests (SATs) from October still haven't arrived in the College Board's New York offices. The board says the delay could be due to the closure of post offices in New Jersey where anthrax was found ...More from Ananova

    Tests set to seek out 'world class' pupils. Tough new tests designed for bright children aged nine, or even younger, have being launched in the UK. The so-called World Class Tests will be voluntary and are designed to stretch the ablest youngsters. According to the Department for Education and Skills, they will also be available in countries such as the US, Hong Kong and New Zealand ...More from Ananova

    An A-level in four lessons. A UK sixth former casts doubt on the standards of exams, after scoring a C in A-level business studies with four hours of private tuition ...More from the BBC

    Chinese students 'buy fake results to study in UK. Chinese students are allegedly securing places at British universities by paying £4,000 ($5,700) for fake qualifications. Police in China are reported to have uncovered a fraud racket in Beijing where GCSEs, A-levels and other British qualifications are available. ...More from Ananova

    UK GCSE results just get better and better. Thousands of school pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are finding out how they have fared in their GCSE exams. Once again overall grades have improved - with boys narrowing the gap with the girls ...More from ITN

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    Boys' grades improve by sitting next to girls. Boys made to sit next to girls during lessons have seen a huge improvement in their grades. Teachers in Essex, UK, hit on the plan after realising the girls were doing so much better in exams. The new seating arrangements have been going on for the past three years and have resulted in a 13% improvement in the boys' grades ...More from Ananova

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    Double exam triumph for bullied eight year old. A British eight-year-old boy is celebrating double GCSE success just two years after bullies forced him out of school. Dylan Cobb scored Grade B in both maths and information technology following nine months' tuition at Watford's Ryde College. His mother Anita Cobb, 45, said the success came after he was pulled out of his school in Devon where he was being bullied ...More from Ananova

    Long wait over for UK A-level students. Headline statistics released showed the number of passes had hit a new record. They mark the 18th consecutive annual rise in the number of entrants awarded grades A to E. The Government hailed the improvement, saying students should feel a "real sense of achievement" ...More from Ananova

    UK students alert examiners to foot-and-mouth plight. The foot-and-mouth outbreak has forced thousands of students to ask examiners to take into account the effects of the disruption to the countryside on their exam marks. Exam boards receive about 150,000 requests for special consideration from A-level and GCSE candidates every summer for reasons including illness, injury or the death of a loved one ...More from Ananova

    Duke's alarm as AS-level stress blights award scheme. The Duke of Edinburgh has expressed concern that students are abandoning his award scheme to concentrate on the new AS level exams ...More from the Times

    Exams body in marker inquiry. The Scottish exams body investigates how an unqualified marker was given almost 200 pupils' scripts ...More from the BBC

    'Regret' over A-level changes. The government apologises for this year's problematic introduction of the AS-level exams and introduces changes to the way they are run ...More from the BBC

    UK sixth-form workload to be lightened. The number of AS-level papers first year sixth formers have to sit is to be slashed in a bid to make the new exams more user friendly. Education Secretary Estelle Morris announced that students will sit single tests of up to three hours rather than large numbers of shorter papers ...More from ITN

    Homework overload may hit grades. A heavy load of homework does not always lead to good grades, a UK and US research study has said ...More from the BBC

    Parents paid to oversee exams. A UK secondary school is paying parents to invigilate in exams - freeing its teachers for more important work ...More from the BBC

    UK Education minister orders review of AS-level shambles. Estelle Morris, the Education and Skills Secretary, ordered a review of the new sixth-form curriculum which head teachers have branded as a shambles ...More from the Times

    Alas poor pupils... The Tempest, that is the question. A leading UK independent school has acknowledged that it taught pupils the wrong Shakespeare play for their A-level exams. English Literature students at King Edward's School, Bath, only discovered the error when they turned over their question papers at the start of the exam. The 26 pupils had to miss a section of the paper because they had been taught Hamlet instead of The Tempest as required by the exam board ...More from the Telegraph

    Bribes that buy exam success. The days when children received a bike as their reward for good exam grades have passed. Cars, holidays and unlimited supplies of pocket money are now being offered as parents adopt increasingly mercenary tactics to drive up results, according to new research ...More from the Times

    Test paper security breach feared. An investigation has begun into a potential breach of security involving test questions at a college in west Wales. BBC News Online has learned that a supposedly secret trial version of questions for a series of tests, currently being taken by students nationally, was put on a private website by a teacher at Carmarthenshire College. ...More from the BBC

    Changes mean five exams in one day for UK pupils. Confusion is looming in the country's examination halls as changes to the A-level system puts pupils, teachers and examiners under strain ...More from the Times

    Public airing of students' exams. UK students on a media production course are sitting their exams in public by broadcasting live. Twenty-four radio students at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside are presenting six live radio programmes on the student radio station Siren FM this week. The station is also streamed live on the web, and there is a studio webcam. ...More from the BBC

    UK Teenagers face testing time with GCSE changes. Teachers are unprepared for wholesale changes to GSCE courses to be introduced in the new school year, examiners claim ...More from the Times

    Good teacher-ed programs insist on lots of practice. The education program at Huston-Tillotson College threw off its dunce cap last September. Graduates' test scores on the Texas teacher certification exam had shot up by 50 % in three years, and the Austin school made it off probation and back onto the state's list of fully accredited programs. ...More from USNews.com

    UK's Private schools snub new-style exams. Independent schools are snubbing the first exams of the new A-level curriculum, raising the fear that a two-tier system is opening up across sixth forms ...More from the Times

    New Toys for Cheating Students. The proliferation of mobile devices gives students more ways to cheat on tests. But the teachers are on to them... More from Wired News

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