In this summer’s moderation series, the Irvine Royal Academy had more student grades, which were lowered by the SQA, than any other school in the region, according to newly released data.
At the Irvine School, 38.8 percent of the grades were lowered, and 20.5 percent of the higher grades were adjusted from pass to fail.
The Greenwood Academy performed only marginally better with 38.2 percent of the reduced results, and 14.6 percent of the higher results switched from pass to fail.
At Kilwinning Academy, 33.5 percent of scores were downgraded and 16.1 percent of the higher scores were changed from pass to fail.
In the Auchenharvie Academy, 36 percent of the results were downgraded, and 22.9 percent of the higher values were changed from passed to unchanged.
And St. Matthew’s Academy had downgraded 27.9 percent of the scores, while 15.5 percent of the higher scores were changed from pass to fail.
This latest analysis was carried out by Barry Black, a researcher at the University of Glasgow and an employee of the Urban Big Data Center.
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Colin Smyth, Labor MSP in Southern Scotland, said: “This analysis shows how the Scottish government would jeopardize the future of hundreds of young people across Ayrshire.
“It is no accident that in state schools the magnitude of the change in outcomes to be imposed was in most cases twice that of private schools.”
Local Green MSP Ross Greer said: “These numbers show how unfair this system was, as the Scottish Greens had been warning for months. Students at Irvine Royal and across the country were treated like statistics rather than people and were judged by their zip code rather than their skills.
Fortunately, green MSPs were able to negotiate a solution that would restore all 124,565 classes, and the independent investigation we secured has now released its results. So there is no excuse for this to happen again. This is the power of constructive opposition to a minority government. “
The exams at the end of the school session were canceled this year for the first time in 130 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The teachers submitted estimates to the SQA, which the moderation then applied.
After the adjusted grades were released, it found that students in the most deprived areas were more likely to be de-registered than their peers in better-off communities.
A major backlash ensued and after a U-turn by the Scottish Government, all students were restored to their original grades.
Ruth Maguire MSP, the SNP MP for the region, said this week: “The proposed SQA model was wrong and would have had an impact on the life chances of young people in our region.
“A point that I raised this summer on behalf of young people and parents in the constituency who rightly expressed their disappointment and anger at the injustice.
“The Scottish Government listened to the voices calling for this injustice to be corrected and I applaud the steps they have taken to ensure that the students were rewarded for all of their hard work during these difficult times.
“The Minister of Education has confirmed that no algorithm will be used in moderating grades in 2021 and that coursework and teacher assessment will notify SQA awards in the event that exams are interrupted again.”