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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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Tabled Paper 1288


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EDUCATION EVALUATION, RESEARCH AND ACCREDITATION PRIMARY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM As in previous years, Year 5 and 7 students attending urban schools and students in Aboriginal schools aged ten years and above were assessed in English and Mathematics, using test materials based on the Board of Studies approved curricula. New tests were written for the 1991 program. These were 'reading for different purposes' tests which assessed basic functional literacy reading comprehension tests which, in urban schools, assessed literal and inferential meaning and, in Aboriginal schools, measured achievement at Stages 3,4, and 5 of the NT core objectives: English for Aboriginal schools (Non- Bilingual) T-7 Mathematics tests based on Stages 5 and 7 (in urban schools) and Stages 3 and 4 (in Aboriginal schools) of the Board Approved Western Australian Mathematics syllabus, with the latter including a section which required students to show understanding of specific objectives by completing practical tasks. The annual report on student performance in the Primary Assessment Program, giving the results obtained in all schools, was released in November. Under the arrangements for confidentiality, individual schools were issued with the results of their own students which they could compare with Territory- wide student performance for diagnostic and evaluative purposes. During 1991, samples of students' writing were assessed in both urban and Aboriginal schools and moderated across the system by panels of teachers. School assessments of procedural scripts were moderated at Stages 3 ,4 and 5 in Aboriginal schools and those of narrative poetry in ballad form in Years 5 and 7 in urban schools. Reports on these exercises will be sent to schools early in 1992. YEAR 10 ASSESSMENT In September, 1724 students entered for the Year 10 Common Instruments of Assessment in Mathematics which were conducted at 48