Scots students ‘attaining as in the past’ despite Higher passes slipping

The Herald reports that higher passes have dipped very slightly for pupils sitting Scottish exams in 2017 but remain largely in line with attainment rates.

Just under 137,000 students are receiving their results by text, email or post throughout Tuesday. 

Candidates passed 150,010 Highers, with an attainment rate (grades between A and C) of 77%, down slightly from 152,701 passes with a rate of 77.2% last year.

Figures from the SQA also show a pass rate of 92.8% for the National 4 exams, with 107,631 passes, while pupils achieved 233,005 passes at National 5, with a success rate of 79.5%.

Advanced Higher passes fell to 19,283, with a pass rate of 80%.

Dr Janet Brown, chief executive of the SQA, said: “I think it shows a very stable system. One of the things that we absolutely have to ensure is that standards are maintained and we can see that candidates are reaching those standards and attaining as they have done in the past.”

Admissions body UCAS said figures showed that more pupils from Scotland have achieved a university place on exams results day than in any previous year, with a 13% increase in placed applicants from Scotland’s most deprived communities.

The Scottish Funding Council’s interim chief executive John Kemp said “I am especially pleased today to see the 13% increase in students from the most deprived areas of Scotland going to a Scottish university. Although there is more work to be done, today’s figures indicate that we are taking significant steps in the right direction.”

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