ERIC Number: ED353288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Results of Student Achievement Testing in Trinidad and Tobago.
Enger, John M.
The role that achievement testing plays in the educational system of Trinidad and Tobago and results from the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) tests administered in 1989 are discussed (for these tests, students generally sit for five to eight examinations on subjects they have taken throughout their secondary schooling). The educational system of Trinidad and Tobago is based on British tradition. Education is free, and competition for secondary school openings is keen. The educational system begins at age 5 years, with 2 years of infant school, followed by 5 years of primary school. At the end of elementary Standard 5, decisions are made about which students will go to secondary school or vocational and craft training, and which will end their formal education. There are 5 years of secondary schooling, with a sixth form for an additional 2 years for some students. Significant decisions are made on the basis of scores received at the end of the elementary Standard 5 and the secondary Form 5, as well as at Form 3 and Form 6. Classroom testing has less impact, but is considered indicative of performance on comprehensive tests. The Common Entrance Examination (CEE) at the end of Standard 5 and the CXC examinations at the end of Form 5 are extremely important for students. Since students are solely held responsible for their performance on examinations and since entrance to subsequent educational levels is solely based on these test scores, the stakes for students and their parents in Trinidad and Tobago are far higher than those for students in the United States taking achievement tests. Two tables contain specifications for the CEE and results of the 1989 CXC. Seven references are included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Admission Criteria, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Graduation Requirements, National Competency Tests, School Organization, Scores, Student Evaluation, Student Promotion, Test Results, Test Use, Testing Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Trinidad and Tobago