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!
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!