ERIC Number: ED404360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Grade Examination Performance (1987-1994). Interchange No. 42.
Devine, Marion; And Others
Performance over time of Scottish students was examined for 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 analyzed original test scripts, 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). The detailed differences that appeared in some instances were attributable to features of the examination papers in particular years, small sample sizes in some instances, changes to syllabi, and differences in the difficulty level of individual questions in certain papers. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Biology, Change, English, Foreign Countries, Geography, Mathematics, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Standards
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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)