1/3 of students ‘need improvement’ in math, English
The results of this year’s Comprehensive Assessment Program For Junior High School Students (
) were published yesterday, revealing that one out of three students need to improve in English and mathematics.
The program is administered to assess the academic strengths and capabilities of students undertaking their three-year junior high school education. The results also serve as data for the establishment of special-ed classes in high schools, as well as a base for junior high school students to seek entry into the high schools of their choice.
According to results released yesterday, an average of 33 percent of test takers in either of the two subjects attainted a “C” grade, which is classified as “needs improvement.” Local media report that the difference is most obvious in rural areas, with one out of every two students scoring in the “C-average” range in several rural counties, although the counties were not named.
New components were included in the examinations for both subjects this year, with the English exam including a listening test while the mathematics exam was updated to include new questions that did not involve selecting from multiple choices as it had in the past, which may have contributed to the change in the average results.
Mandarin the Subject That Really
Needs Improvement: MOE
English comprehension of some students was so beneath the required standard that some students reportedly chose answer “D” in the English listening test when there were only “A,” “B,” and “C” options available.
Of the two questions that were not multiple-choice in the math tests, around 80,000 students reportedly chose not to answer them. As a result, around 36 percent of junior high school students nationwide received zeros for the section of the test.
Though the number of students who need to improve in English and math seems high, the Minis- try of Education’s K-12 Education Administration Deputy Director General Huang Tzu-teng ( ) noted that the proportion gaining a “C-average grade” in the subjects has actually gone down compared to last year, along with Science and Social Science.
Huang said that the one subject that has actually seen an increase in “C-average” grades is actually Mandarin, while national junior high school students have made the most obvious improvements in Social Science.
Deputy Director Tseng Feng-lan ( ) of the Research Center for Psychological and Education Testing at National Taiwan Normal University also said that while results for Social Science and Science have become better, results from the other three tests are still within the predicted margin of error.