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A grade awarded for exceptionally good performance in any subject at General Certificate of Secondary Education. Previously, the highest grade awarded was an A grade. When the introduction of an A* grade also for General Certificate of Education Advanced Levels was proposed in 2002, it became part of the debate about standards. Those who supported the introduction argued that the additional grade was necessary to reward and acknowledge the achievement of outstanding candidates, while opponents suggested that it represented an inflation of the grading system and was indicative of a general lowering of standards.

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