ERIC Number: ED406389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
FSM National Standardized Tests of National Curriculum Minimum Standards: Spring 1995 Results, Sixth, Eighth, and Tenth Grade Language Arts and Mathematics.
Spencer, Mary L.
The development of national minimum educational standards for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) began in 1988 with the deliberations of a national task force that created performance expectations in a number of subjects. In 1988 the development of nationally standardized tests reflecting these standards began. This document presents the 1995 results from tests in language arts and mathematics for grades 6, 8, and 10. All the tests in the series are based on a criterion-referenced test development process. The total samples from the 4 states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap were: (1) grade 6 language arts, 673; (2) grade 8 language arts, 621; (3) grade 10 language arts, 263; (4) grade 6 mathematics, 656; (5) grade 8 mathematics, 601; and (6) grade 10 mathematics, 257. In the English language arts content area, an average of 49-61% of the FSM students answered items correctly at all 3 grades. Scores from Chuuk were somewhat lower for sixth graders, and Chuuk did not test its eighth graders. In all four states, English listening comprehension was the language arts area with the greatest success. In mathematics, an average of 37-49% of FSM students answered items correctly at all 3 grades. The greatest success in mathematics was in the area of basic arithmetic operations. These results can be used to improve education throughout the FSM. It is recommended that guidelines be developed to help families understand the relationship of family language practices to academic language development. Parents should feel sure that using their indigenous language at home is a positive contribution to school development and they should understand the positive contributions of billingualism. An appendix contains the test administration manual. (Contains 15 tables and 3 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Bilingual Students, Grade 10, Grade 6, Grade 8, Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Language Proficiency, Mathematics, National Competency Tests, Performance, Scores, Secondary Education, Standardized Tests, Standards, Test Construction, Test Results
Micronesian Language Institute, University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam 96923 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Federated States of Micronesia National Dept. of Education, Palikir.
Authoring Institution: Guam Univ., Mangilao. Micronesian Language Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Federated States of Micronesia