ERIC Number: ED351178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Report on Student Performance in the Northern Territory Primary Assessment Program for Aboriginal Schools: 1987.
Huang, Zheng Sen
This report gives the results of the Primary Assessment Program (PAP) in Aboriginal schools (Australia) for the 1987 school year. The purpose of PAP is to provide instructional feedback on student achievement in reading and mathematics and to provide indicators of performance for public reporting. All Aboriginal schools which had students in grade 5 to post-primary were asked to administer five reading tests and eight mathematics tests. Results indicate the following: (1) participation rate was low as less than a quarter of the target population of 2,500 students took the tests during 1987; (2) many schools either excluded all, or a substantial number of their students from testing as The Teachers Federation banned the testing program; (3) performance in practically all areas tested was considered low; and (4) when the test results for 1987 were compared to 1986, there was a significant drop in performance in 6 of 17 objectives tested in mathematics and a significant drop in performance in 6 of 10 reading tests. These results suggest that remedial strategies need to be developed and implemented at both the school and system level. This report also suggests that research into the causes for poor student performance be initiated. This report contains numerous data tables. (LP)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Educational Testing, Foreign Countries, Intermediate Grades, Mathematics Achievement, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Test Results, Test Score Decline
Curriculum & Assessment Branch, GPO Box 4821 Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia (Stock number 810-0017).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).
Identifiers: Aboriginal Schools (Australia)
Note: Report presented at the Meeting of the Rural Education Research Association (Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, February 1992). For a related report, see RC 018 863.