Tore Nilsen, a teacher in Norway, reported news of student performances in coding to the LiveCode.com list.
The results from national and local exams in the subject Information Technology in Norwegian Upper Secondary schools are now in. I am happy to say that my students scored well in their exams, with an average of 4.4 out of 6 for all students who had to either sit through the national written exam or the local oral/practical exam assessed by external teacher.
60% of the students scored 5 or better, which puts them at the top of the scale. Compared to last years national results, the overall average would put our school at a fine top 6 spot nationally. With a top 5 spot for the national written exam and a top 6 spot for the oral/practical exam.
These results are unprecedented at our school, and in my opinion, very much a result of our choice to use LiveCode as our programming environment. Due to the nature of LiveCode we have been able to focus on the principles behind good coding, and use both time and resources to become better at problem solving rather than to learn the intricacies of a specialised programming language. As far as I know, we are the only school in Norway to use LiveCode as the preferred tool in this subject.
On behalf of my students, I am very happy with the results, and I very much look forward to teach programming with LiveCode to yet another group of students next year.
Tore also posted, “Luckily we enjoy a fair degree of freedom, as long as we can reach the competence aims in the national curriculum.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Miller, CEO of LiveCode, posted from his iPhone, edited slightly:
This is great news Tore. We have seen similarly good results here in Scotland… LiveCode has become something of a standard in Scotland. It is in the main textbook and exams.