ERIC Number: ED371350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Patterns of Attainment in Standard Grade English 3-6. Interchange No. 22.
Hall, John; And Others
A study investigated the performance in Standard Grade English language of those Scottish secondary-school candidates who were judged to be "average to below-average" and identified changes in grade-related criteria which might lead to improvements in the teaching of basic competencies. Examination scripts and portfolios from over 600 candidates who received grades three through six in the 1991 and 1992 diets of Standard Grade English were analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) teachers and researcher interpreted and applied the grading criteria consistent with the standards used by the Scottish Examination Board (SEB); (2) candidates tended to receive their best grade on the writing examination paper, and their poorest grade for the reading folio; (3) the performance of candidates who were awarded different final Standard Grade awards were always clearly separated into distinct bands in the profiles; (4) the patterns of "peaks and troughs" tended to remain consistent form one year to the next; and (5) candidates were relatively successful in dealing with the information content of texts, but much less responsive to matters concerning the form of the text. Findings suggest that the pattern of results demonstrated a consistent separation of candidates who achieved different final Standard Grade awards. (Contains two tables and one figure of data.) (RS)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Low Achievement, National Standards, Portfolios (Background Materials), Reading Achievement, Reading Research, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Writing Achievement, Writing Research
SOED Dissemination Officer, SCRE, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh. Research and Intelligence Unit.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)