Record 156,000 Higher Passes Awarded To Scottish Pupils
School pupils have been awarded a record number of Highers after sitting the new qualification for the first time this year.
Almost 143,000 students are receiving their exam results today after sitting the new Highers for the first year and National 4 and 5 qualifications for the second year.
The new qualifications were brought in as part of the Curriculum for Excellence reforms.
Pupils were also able to sit exams in existing Access, Intermediates and Highers which were “dual-run” for 2015 alongside the new qualifications.
Figures from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) show that there were a record 156,000 Higher passes this year, up 5.5% on 2014.
A total of 107,295 pupils sat the new Highers, with a pass rate of 79.2%.
A further 92,555 pupils sat the existing Highers, recording a pass rate of 76.7%, slightly down on the 2014 pass rate of 77.1%.
Higher English passes were up 17.7% to 27,902 and Higher modern languages passes increased by 15.2% to 7,419.
The pass rate for the new Maths Higher was 70.8%, similar to that of previous years.
Some pupils had complained about the level of difficulty of the exam, with the SQA stating that its marking process would take this into account.
The pass rate for the National 4 was 93.3%, with 114,173 passes, while pupils achieved 229,870 passes at National 5 level, resulting in a success rate of 79.8%.
Advanced Higher passes have increased by 4% to a record level of 18,899, with pass rate of 80.9%.
Education Secretary Angela Constance said: “This is another strong performance by Scotland’s young people.
“They have worked hard and I congratulate each and every one of them, as well as the families and carers and teachers and lecturers who have provided support.
“Scotland has seen record numbers of Higher and Advanced Higher passes.
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