The Scottish Qualifications Authority is changing Higher history marking, as a result of lobbying by teachers.
More guidance for exam papers one and two will be published and a marking grid for the extended essay, along the lines of that used in the Advanced Higher, is to be introduced. The maximum number of marks for the extended essay in the Higher will drop from 25 to 20, from 2008, to create a logical progression from Standard grade Credit and Intermediate 2 where it is worth eight marks, to Advanced Higher where it is worth 25 marks.
David Armstrong, president of the Scottish Association for Teachers of History, opened the association's recent conference by welcoming the moves.
"As a result of recent meetings there have been several changes, mostly for the Higher in 2008. Marking grids for the extended essay is something we have been asking for, for a long time," he said.
"These were all concerns raised by teachers across Scotland and change is well overdue."