Report on 1st trial Paper
Report on Trial Paper Feb 2010.
Here are some comments from the official report on the trialling of Leaving Cert Sample paper for Phase 1 of Project maths on how students answered the specific project maths questions
(i) ”Not all quality assurance procedures were the same”
(as applied to the normal summer exam papers).
(ii )”Given that the trialling took place in the second year of a two year course , schools were asked to direct students to answer only questions that they had covered”
Higher maths paper 2. Strand 1 probability.
there were only 3 correct (out of hundreds) responses to this part
Higher maths paper 2 strand 2 statistics.
fewer than half had correctly identified the distribution in which the mean would be graeter
Higher maths paper 2:strand 2 Coordinate geometry .
Approximately half of the candidates who attempted part (b) were able to make a meaningful start
Higher maths paper 2: strand 2 trigonometry .
few candidates correctly identified the range and the period
Higher maths paper 2 ;strand 2 vectors .
there was a considerable number of very low scores
Question 7 strand 1 Statistics.
Candidates coped well with most parts
Question 8 strand 2 Trigonometry ;
(project based question)
This question was not well answered
strand 1 probability and statistics .(new for 2010)
the overall standard was therefore low on average
strand 2 Geometry and Trigonometry(new for 2010)
Part (a) was not well done, the main body of the proof was rarely correct.
Even though it was marked easy “The placing of a common mark on angles that are not equal has not been penalised”
General comments (by the editor)
Students and teachers reading these comments must be living in fear and dread of the forthcoming leaving cert exam. The results reflect the fact that students going into this exam are totally unprepared and will not achieve to their potential in the exam in June .
It is imperative that the rollout of project maths in all schools in Sept 2010 should be posponed!
The Marking Scheme
Here is an extract from the official marking scheme which is divided into a number of scales
E Scale (6 categories 25 marks)
(i)Response of no substantial merit no credit) zero
(ii)Response with some merit (low partial credit) 5 marks
(iii)Response almost half right (lower middle partial credit) 10 marks
(iv)Response more than half right (upper middle partial credit) 15 marks
(v)Almost correct response (high partial credit) 20 marks
(vi)Correct response (full credit) 25 marks
It is very obvious from above that using this marking scheme will ensure that the SEC will get the results they want!
The intention of project maths is to increase the numbers taking higher Leaving cert maths from the present 16% of the total to 30% of the total. The reality for 2010 is that the numbers taking Higher maths in the project maths schools are lower than the numbers taking Higher maths in these same schools in 2009.