Provisional results published in September showed good progress being made against key external examination performance indicators but following data checking the results look even better.
Jane Hutt said:
These results further underline the fact that education in Wales is making positive strides, our groundbreaking policies are beginning to pay dividends and our young people are achieving their potential.
Statistics released today update provisional results released in September following a validation exercise involving schools. The final results show that;
- The proportion of pupils achieving the Level 2 Threshold including a GCSE at grade C or above for English or Welsh first language and mathematics rose by 1.2 percentage points compared to 2007 to 45.6%
- The proportion of pupils achieving the Level 2 Threshold (equivalent in volume to 5 GCSEs at A*-C) has increased by 3 percentage points compared to 2007 with 58 percent of 15 year olds meeting or exceeded the threshold.
- The proportion of 17 year olds achieving the Level 3 threshold (equivalent in volume to 2 A levels) also rose to 94.2%.
The Minister said:
This year we have shown, across the board, that our policies are having a positive impact on outcomes for our young people. Now we must focus on working in partnership to maintain this positive progress.
26 November 2008