2018 SQA data, released today, indicates that percentages in Eilean Siar achieving National 5 are higher than the national figure. 83.39% achieved National 5 in Eilean Siar, whereas the national pass rate was 77.40%. This also represents an improvement of 1% in pass rates in Eilean Siar compared to 2017.
Percentage passes at Higher are in line with the national pass rate. 76.23% in Eilean Siar achieved an A-C pass, compared with 76.80% nationally. However there are still a number of results to be confirmed and an accurate pass rate will be published in due course.
Advanced Higher (SCQF level 7) results show a small decrease in the number of presentations however percentage passes in Eilean Siar have increased by 5.5% compared to 2017. The Eilean Siar pass rate of 81.7% is higher than the national pass rate of 80.5%.
Across the authority, at all levels, there were 2,939 presentations and 2,486 awards in 2018, representing an 84.59% pass rate, compared with 3,096 presentations, 2,583 awards and a percentage pass rate of 83.43% in 2017. Officers in the department are currently analysing each school’s data to identify areas of strength and areas for development.
Results show that, at S4 National 5 there were 1168 S4 presentations and 86.56% A-C passes in 2018, compared with 1,162 presentations and 85.71% passes in 2017.
Figures do not include attainment in vocational courses. National data published in March 2018, indicates that 35.1% of learners in Eilean Siar achieved one or more vocational qualifications at SCQF level 5 or above, representing the highest level in Scotland. This represents an increase of 3.9% over the previous year.
Results will be reported to the Education and Children’s Services Committee in September. Any parents or pupils involved in this year’s examinations, who have queries regarding the results, should contact their local school directly. Students can also contact the SDS National Exams Helpline on 0808 100 8000.
Further information about the qualifications system, attainment and achievement, is available on the National Parent Forum of Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website. (Credit Where Credit’s Due : A guide to the SCQF for parents and carers (») (Opens in a new window or downloads a file))
The authority appreciates the hard work of teaching staff and pupils and would also like to thank administrative staff in schools for their diligence in processing SQA data.
*SCQF – Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework