ERIC Number: ED404354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Maintaining Standards: Performance at Higher Grade in Biology, English, Geography & Mathematics. SCRE Research Report Series.
Devine, Marion; And Others
In June 1994 the Scottish Office Education Department asked the Scottish Council for Research in Education to assist in a study of performance over time in the Higher Grade examinations in biology, English, geography, and mathematics. Statistics have shown that the number of students gaining passes on these Higher Grade examinations is increasing from year to year, and the question of whether the standards for these examinations have been eroded has been raised. The study depended on the analysis of original test scripts retained by the Scottish Examination Board, beginning with 1987 as the earliest year for which scripts were available for all subjects. In general, 100 scripts were used for each subject for each year; variations that caused small reductions in the actual number of scripts are noted in the sections describing each subject. The analysis supports the conclusion that there are no grounds for believing that there has been any change in the standards of performance for any given band of award (ranging from A to no award). Some differences in detail for specific subjects are noted in sections reviewing the scripts by content area. An appendix for each of the subjects describes results in detail. (Contains 14 figures, 31 tables, 9 appendix tables, and 146 appendix graphs.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Biology, Change, English, Foreign Countries, Geography, Mathematics, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Standards
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom; e-mail: SCRE@ed.ac.uk (10 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Office Education and Industry Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)