***Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a planned series of stories analysing the Education Data Report 2021.***
Year 11 students at Clifton Hunter High School significantly outperformed students at John Gray High School on 2021 external exams, following a period of 2 years where John Gray had nearly closed the gap in test scores.
In Spring 2021, 52% of Clifton Hunter Year 11 students earned a Level 2 pass in Mathematics compared to 35% of John Gray students, a difference of 17 percentage points.
Additionally, 72% of Clifton Hunter students earned a Level 2 pass in English compared to 62% of John Gray students, a difference of 10 percentage points.
Overall, 49% of Clifton Hunter students achieved the 'national expected standard' of earning 5 or more Level 2 passes (including Maths and English) compared to 32% of John Gray students, a difference of 17 percentage points.
The national pass rate in 2021 for Year 11 public school students was 40%.
In 2019 and 2020, the differences in pass rates in Maths and English at Clifton Hunter and John Gray were between 1 and 2 percentage points, and the overall pass rate differed by only 2 or 3 percentage poitns.
The performance gap of 17 percentage points is the largest margin since records became available in 2015. From 2015-2020, Clifton Hunter has had a greater pass rate than John Gray each year, with the margin ranging from 2 to 7 points.
Layman E. Scott High School on Cayman Brac continues to have a significantly higher Year 11 pass rate than either public secondary school on Grand Cayman. From 2015-2020, the overall pass rate at Layman Scott was between 12-39 percentage points greater than Clifton Hunter.
In 2021, however, Clifton Hunter closed the overall gap to 6 points. The gap between Layman Scott and Clifton Hunter in Maths -- which is the primary factor for students in Cayman to achieve the national standard -- was only 3 points.
Read the Education Data Report 2021 here: