There is yet again more evidence of the dumbing down of the Junior H Project maths .
(i) Question 1: (a) Give 2 reasons why -7.3 is not a Natural number .
Marking scheme : Total marks for 2 reasons 15 marks but 10 marks for one reason such as -7.3 is not a positive number!
The marks allocated per question do not relate to the suggested time for the question.
Analysis of time suggested for answering questions and marks allocated
Junior Cert H Project Maths 2012 (Pilot Schools).
Paper 1 | Paper 2 | ||||
Question | Time minutes | Marks | Time minutes | Marks | |
1 | 5 (very easy) | 20 | 5 | 10 | |
2 | 5 | 10 | 10 | 17 | |
3 | 10 | 30 | 10 | 30 | |
4 | 10 | 17 | 10 | 12 | |
5 | 15 | 30 | 5 (Probability Very easy) | 25 | |
6 | 15 | 12 | 15 | 27 | |
7 | 20 | 55 | 5 | 12 | |
8 | 5 (very easy) | 17 | 10 | 22 | |
9 | 10 | 15 | 15 | 32 | |
10 | 5 | 5 | 20 | 52 | |
11 | 5 | 15 | 5 | 7 | |
12 | 10 | 19 | 5 | 10 | |
13 | 5 (difficult) | 5 | 10 | 7 | |
14 | 20 | 50 | 10 | 25 | |
15 | 5 | 12 |
Most marks awarded per minute Paper 1: 4 marks /minute Q1 (Number)
Least marks awarded per minute Paper 1:1 mark/minute Q13. (Algebra)
Most marks awarded per minute Paper 2: 5 marks /minute Q5 (Probability)
Least marks awarded per minute Paper 2: 0.7 marks /minute Q13. (trigonometry)
Non Project Maths Junior Cert H 2012 2 marks/minute!
New topics get more marks per minute
Paper 1 :
Algebra 1.9 marks/minute : Number (new) 2.4 marks/minute .
Paper 2 :
Strand 1: Probability/Statistics(new) 2.5 marks/minute.
Strand 2; Geometry/Trigonometry/Coordinate geometry 2.1 marks/minute
2012 Leaving cert H Paper 2 | Marking scheme 2012Based on LPC | Marking scheme 2011Based on LPC | Marking scheme2010Based on LPC | Marking Scheme Trial exam Based on LPC | Average % 2000-2009 |
Marks | Marks | Marks | Marks | ||
Q 1 | 13 | 15 | 12 | 12 | |
Q 2 | 15 | 15 | 15 | 10 | |
Q 3 | 15 | 15 | 6 | 6 | |
Q 4 | 11 | 15 | 9 | 8 | |
Q 5 | 10 | 13 | 8 | 7 | |
Q 6A | 11 | 15 | 8 | 10 | |
Q 7 | 35 | 43 | 30 | 28 | |
Q 8 | 37 | 43 | 26 | 25 | |
Total | 147 | 174 | 114 | 106 | |
% Total | 49% | 58% | 38% | 36% | 33% |
% >E | 97.7% (all) | 99% (pilot schools) | 96.4 | NA | 96% |
A,B,C | 84% | 89.7%(pilot) | 78% | 80% |
Leaving Cert 2012 Project maths Paper 2
Comparison of results obtained using different marking schemes based on a student obtaining the Low partial credit in all questions
From the table we can conclude that there has been massive marks inflation between pre 2009 and post 2009 (project maths ) in LC H maths .
The most telling result is the % attempt marks awarded .
Using the 2010 trial exam marking scheme a student who attempted every question in 2012 P2 would have received 36%
Using the 2012 marking scheme a student who attempted every question in the 2012 P2 received 49%
This is most remarkable considering that 3,000 extra (formally Ord level students) sat the exam.
More good news
If one assumes that the extra 3,000 students who sat LCH maths were probably only doing higher maths because of the extra 25 points and that they were most likely to achieve a C or D.
Then based on the number of students who achieved an A or B grade (5235 ) and the average number of students taking H LC maths (8500) in the previous years we get a remarkable result .
Pre 2012 the A/B rate was about 45% in 2012 the A/B rate was 63%. This is a 40% inflation in the A/B rates.
Maths Crisis what Crisis ?
Leaving cert H maths pass rate 97.7% , A,B Rate 63%
Scottish Advanced pass rate 66% A,B Rate 45%
Scottish Higher pass rate 72% A,B Rate 50%
(iii)The Honours rate of 84% (84%* of the students who did the exam received an honour. (*official SEC figures)
We will not have enough qualified teachers to teach them!