ERIC Number: ED328580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of the Usage of Standardized Tests of Achievement for Fiji (STAF), 1984-1985: A Report.
Yee, Juliet; Wagner, Graham
The Standardized Tests of Achievement for Fiji (STAFs) were developed to measure skills and concepts of curriculum subjects for elementary schools. Two parallel tests were issued in early 1980 for Class-6 subjects (students in grade 6 of Fiji primary schools): (1) English Reading Comprehension; (2) English Listening Comprehension; (3) English Grammar; (4) English Vocabulary; (5) Social Studies; and (6) Mathematics. Then, vernacular versions in Fijian and Hindi were developed for Class five subjects. A survey was conducted to determine whether the STAFs were being used as designed. Mail surveys were sent to 650 Fijian primary schools (through Class 6) for completion by school administrators, and 10% of these schools were selected for interviews with as many teachers as possible. A total of 498 usable questionnaires were returned, and interviews were conducted in 66 schools. Data for 37 of the 66 schools interviewed were used to validate data collected from the returned mail questionnaires. Usage trends of Class-5 and Class-6 tests were similar. The use of STAFs was fair on the whole; however, the following problem areas were identified: (1) distribution of testing materials; (2) inservice training and teacher familiarization with tests; (3) test administration; (4) the need for tests to be updated on an on-going basis; and (5) appointment of an officer in charge of administering the STAFs. Seventy-one tables present study data. Four appendices contain supplemental material and the survey questionnaire. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Elementary School Teachers, English, Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grammar, Hindi, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Listening Comprehension Tests, Mathematics Tests, National Surveys, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Social Studies, Standardized Tests, Test Use, Vocabulary Skills
New Zealand Council for Educational Research, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers: Fiji; Standardized Tests of Achievement for Fiji