Primary schools: why 150,000 students were evaluated throughout the country in language and mathematics

About 150,000 sixth grade students from 4,000 schools across the country today took the tests learna census-based evaluation that it is taken biennially to all primary and secondary students. However, this year, for the first time, the Ministry of Education of the Nation decided to implement a test a of a sample nature to obtain an intermediate measurement between the one taken in 2021 and that of next year.

As in the biennials, in this instance the students’ knowledge of language and mathematics was evaluated anonymously and confidentially and included sociodemographic questions. The results will be published from the beginning of the next school year.

The José Jacinto Berruti School No. 4, located at Benito Quinquela Martín 1081, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca, was one of those selected. There, about 30 boys took the test from 9 to 12.

This operation was of a sample nature, with the objective of obtaining an intermediate measurementRicardo Pristupluk – The Nation

According to some students THE NATIONthey had to answer 24 language questions and 24 mathematicsplus some additional “personal” ones, such as how many people they live with in the home or the month and year of birth.

Alejandra Macconell, secretary teacher and cycle coordinator of the school, said that the operation went smoothly, that the boys were committed to the exam and explained that the students did not prepare exclusively to take this exam, because the evaluation covered the same contents with which students work throughout the year.

“In the classroom, activities similar to those included in the exams are carried out. Then, the boys do not face something so different when they do the evaluation”, said Rosana Colombo, accompanying teacher of the School Trajectories (MATE), a role created by the city’s Ministry of Education whose purpose is to “accompany, guide and promote institutional actions that allow finding different ways to include children in school spaces and improve learning.

The math test, Macconell said, began with an exercise showing a line containing four five-digit numbers. The students had to identify, through operational calculationswhich number did not correspond to the line.

“And in language in general they were given a text to read from which they were asked what type of text it was, reading comprehension exercises and pronominal substitution. They should always choose the correct answer as a multiple choiceColumbus said.

For example, in past tests, the teachers said, there was a text about the story of a Russian boy in which there were certain underlined words and the students had to answer what the underlined words alluded to.

“The test makes it possible to analyze performance in the current educational context of full attendance, accompanied by the implementation of national and jurisdictional programs aimed at intensifying teaching and providing pedagogical resources. Aprender 2022 will make it possible to know the degree of mastery that primary level students have over a specific cut of content and cognitive abilities of language and mathematics during their school career, ”the ministry led by Jaime Perczyk reported in a statement.

Spokespersons for the organization maintained that the evaluation will contribute to the diagnosis of the educational system, will promote reflection processes within schools, will generate evidence for decision-making and will enrich the public debate of all the actors involved in school work.

Last October, the tests at the secondary level. Thus, some 594,000 final year students were evaluated in language and mathematics.

Last June, the national government released the test results Learn 2021, taken in December of that year to approximately 623,000 sixth grade boys at the primary level. The results showed a significant deterioration in text comprehension, while in mathematics there was some stability, although with a slight drop.

In numbers, the results of that exam showed that, in language, the basic and below basic level performance was 44%; while in 2018, the subject had become the workhorse of the exam, with 75% of students having reached a satisfactory level, which meant an improvement in all the provinces of the country, between rural, urban, public and private compared to 2016 (66.8%).

On the other hand, in mathematics, in statistical terms, the variation was minimal. In 2018, 42.6% of the boys did not reach the satisfactory level, and in 2021 that number increased to 45.2%.

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Primary schools: why 150,000 students were evaluated throughout the country in language and mathematics