Too revealing

If, like grades, exam percentages were published, this would allow the identification of the brightest and failing students regardless of grade inflation (NS Vote, 21 August). Current students could also attempt previous years' papers and settle once and for all the arguments about falling standards.

However, having independently assessed thousands of children who suffer alarming deficiencies while achieving the "acceptable level" at ages seven, 11 and 14, I am aware, that this is one, very simple reform which would be just a little too revealing for the government and educationalists.

Stan Harper

This article first appeared in the 28 August 2006 issue of the New Statesman, Blogs plc