1/3 of stu­dents ‘need im­prove­ment’ in math, English

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

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.

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