Analysis of the Leaving cert higher results for the last 10 years show that the average mark (**mean mark) is 67%** with a **standard deviation of 16%** .The mean has not changed by more than 1% in all that time and the standard deviation has varied by less than 1% .

**Analysis of the Leaving Cert H project maths for 2011** .

The average mark **(mean mark) is 70.2%** with a standard deviation of **12.87** .

Indicating that most people doing project maths did a lot better than those doing the regular exam .

Despite the fact that most students could not make head or tail of paper 1!

Interesting !

Extract from the SEC report on Project maths

LCH 2011 (project Maths) 90% get an honour (ABC) < 1% fail .

LCH2011 Higher maths regular paper 80% get (ABC) , > 3% fail

LCOrd 2011 (project maths) 76% get an honour (ABC) <7% fail

LCOrd (2011) regular paper 69% get (ABC) ,10% fail.

Marks awarded for project maths questions up to 50% higher than similiar questions on regular papers .

See the following example

**Question 4a**; Project Maths LC H 2011 for writing down the scale factor students were awarded **15 marks** .

Leaving cert (**Ordinary Level** ) regular exam Q4c(i)2011 (yes 2011) for writing down the scale factor students were awarded ** 5marks.** In leaving cert Ord 2005 and 2007 5 marks were awarded for writing down the scale factor.

**Project maths students get 3 times as many marks as regular LC students for the same answer**!