In terms of challenge, As SQA have made clear, direct comparisons between the new National qualifications and Standard Grade pass rates cannot validly be made.
For example, National 5 pass rates cannot be directly compared with the old Standard Grade pass rates.
The crisis took several months to resolve, and several management figures, including the Chief Executive Ron Tuck, resigned or were fired.
SQA has a statutory responsibility to provide public examinations for Scottish state schools, though these are also used more widely.
In line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence, these new qualifications are designed to better test skills and understanding as well as knowledge and facts.
The first learners to have taken the new National Qualifications are receiving their results tomorrow (5 August).As an example, in 2013 there were 45,565 entries for Standard Grade English. There were also 19,458 passes at Intermediate 2 English.This year, 25,091 entrants have achieved National 5 English, the level equivalent to Credit.However, a greater number of candidates of all ages participates in SQA specialist, vocational and higher education qualifications.SQA is accredited by the UK government to offer educational qualifications.This year has seen a National 5 overall pass rate of 81.1%.This is broadly similar to that of other qualifications such as Intermediate 2, which as noted above is at the same level of challenge.There were also 15,823 passes at Intermediate 2 English.Those who do not pass National 5 may nevertheless gain a National 4, if they have passed all the N5 required Course Units plus an ‘Added Value Unit’ at National 4.) is the executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government responsible for accrediting educational awards.It is partly funded by the Education and Lifelong Learning Directorate of the Scottish Government, and employs approximately 750 staff based in Glasgow and Dalkeith.