For the first time on record, more than half of Year 11 and Year 12 students in Cayman Islands public schools have met the ‘national expected standard’ of passing 5 or more subjects (including English and Maths) on end-of-secondary exams.
It’s also the first time that the pass rate among Year 11 students (55%) is higher than the Year 12 group (52%) on the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exams (CSECs).
In 2012, the Year 11 and 12 groups each had a pass rate of 23%. By 2014, the Year 12 group had doubled that rate and since then has consistently achieved pass rates of between 47% and 54%.
On the other hand, the 2020 results for Year 11 students are a significant improvement over previous years. The 55% pass rate is 13 percentage points greater than the previous high of 42%, set in 2017.
Over the past decade, specific Year 12 cohorts have improved upon the CSEC scores they achieved when they were in Year 11. The increases have ranged from 9 percentage points to 19 percentage points.
*Editor’s Note: This the third entry in a series of posts exploring results on the 2020 CXC exams.