ERIC Number: ED351181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Results of the Primary Assessment Program for 1990 in Urban and Aboriginal Schools. Research and Evaluation Reports. Report 3/1991.
Fenwick, Carolyn; Huang, Zheng Sen
This report gives the 1990 results of the Primary Assessment Program (PAP). The program monitors achievement in reading and mathematics in urban and Aboriginal schools in the Northern Territory (Australia). It provides feedback to schools on the performance of their students in basic skills and provides indicators of performance for public reporting. Since 1986 tests have been administered in reading, writing, and mathematics for urban and Aboriginal schools annually. The target groups were students at grade 5 and 7 in urban schools and grades 5 to post-primary in Aboriginal schools, and students of secondary-aged Community Education Centres. The following results were generated by the study: (1) grade 5 students in urban schools found the mathematics test relatively easy, with 38% of all questions falling in the easy category compared to 25% in the very difficult category; (2) grade 7 students in urban schools found the mathematics test relatively difficult, 17% of all questions were in the easy category compared to 32% in the very difficult category; (3) results of the mathematics questions for students in Aboriginal schools were well distributed in three categories of difficulty; (4) students in grades 5 and 7 in urban schools did not find the reading tests difficult; and (5) Aboriginal students found the reading tests to be moderately difficult. This report provides tables and graphs presenting the percentage of correct answers for each test item, distribution of test scores, and means for subtests. Appendices include sample test items used in PAP. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).