The WJEC has confirmed that as a result of the re-grading, 1202 students will now have their grades increased from a D to a C and 598 from a C grade to a B.
The lowering of grade boundaries also meant there were some changes at other grades, resulting in an overall figure of 2386 receiving raised grades.
The Welsh Government, as regulator of examinations in Wales, issued a direction to the WJEC last week to re-grade this year’s GCSE English Language results after a thorough and detailed review found there were significant problems with the methodology used to award grades.
Following the announcement from the WJEC, Leighton Andrews said:
“What we have seen today is the swift resolution of an injustice served to well over 2000 Welsh candidates.
“The decision to direct the WJEC to re-grade was about fairness and ensuring that Welsh students got the grades they deserved for the work they put into their examination.
“We are grateful to those examiners and other staff of the WJEC who worked tirelessly to ensure that candidates received their revised grades on time.
“This announcement was the only acceptable outcome for learners affected by a questionable grading methodology. Candidates can now rest assured that the process used to determine their final grades was fair and just.”