Someone posted the link to exam stats on another thread and I happened to look at the diploma stats too. Wish I hadn't!
Does the board have a requirement for passing only around 50% of candidates regardless of the standard presented, or are there really that many candidates showing up who are so short of the mark? I find it hard to believe that somehow only 9% of candidates fail at grade 8 and then consistently year on year 50% or thereabouts fail their diplomas. I know there is a big gap between grades and diplomas, but seriously, fail rates are between 41 and 49%!! What's going on there? Poor preparation? Not getting access to experienced teachers at this level? Not submitting the correct material? The mind boggles how nearly half of candidates can be failing consistently year on year. Anyone know more about it? I'm really hoping to get to the AB conference this year where there is a session on diplomas, I will definitely bring that up, but does anyone know?