ERIC Number: ED175922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Student Achievement in Alberta.
Eddy, W. P.
The Minister's Advisory Committee on Student Achievement (MACOSA) of Alberta, Canada studied student achievement in grades 3, 6, 9, and 12. Students were tested in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies (grade 12 only). Tests were based upon cognitive objectives considered to be important to the curriculum, and results were to be used for program improvement at the provincial level. Studies of factors affecting achievement and concerning the development of achievement and attitude tests were also conducted. Effects of the twelfth grade departmental examinations, which had been made non-compulsory, were investigated. General conclusions included: (1) third grade achievement levels were maintained over a 21-year period, from 1956 to 1977, and were comparable for urban and rural groups; (2) reading achievement was generally satisfactory at all four grade levels; (3) writing skills were weak on the short answer test, but higher on longer writing assignments; (4) mathematics skills were satisfactory in number facts and computation, but unsatisfactory in problem solving, geometry, measurement, and consumer mathematics; and (5) performance on the science tests was generally satisfactory. (Test data, a glossary and bibliography, and a copy of the order establishing MACOSA are included.) (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Identifiers: Alberta; Canada
Note: Report prepared by the Minister's Advisory Committee on Student Achievement