Statistical gaffe wipes shine off safe delivery
Red-faced SQA officials were still reeling from their statistical gaffe in over-estimating the improvements in Higher performance. The initial revelation of a 7.1 per cent increase in performance had to be reduced to a more credible 1.3 per cent at the cost of huge embarrassment to themselves and ministers.
The overall pass rate this year at Higher remains 72.4 per cent. There were 148,356 entries at Higher, a 26 per cent increase. At Advanced Higher there were 6,753 entries while at Standard grade there were 459,364 entries, an increase of 1.5 per cent.
At Intermediate 1 there were 16,003 entries and a further 58,995 for Intermediate II, a 70 per cent increase. A total of 133,711 certificates were sent to candidates.