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We cannot allow falling pass rates to be brushed under the carpet

Digging into the data on reformed qualifications reveals a ‘worrying’ drop in performance, one teacher warns

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Imagine what would happen if there were big problems at the heart of students’ final exams – problems that had seemingly gone unnoticed since new qualifications were introduced a few years ago. And imagine if key standards were slipping, without making headlines. Or that the level playing field students should be able to expect each year was found to be sloping to one side.

Well, according to the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s own data, such a scenario may already be reality.

While analysing my Higher and National 5 English results last year, I decided to go a little deeper than usual ...

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