ERIC Number: ED440389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
AAP Findings, 1998: AAP English Language Fifth Survey.
Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh.
The fifth Assessment of Achievement Programme (AAP) survey of students' attainment in English language was carried out in 1998 by two English specialists from Edinburgh University (Scotland) working with the AAP National Coordinator. Samples of students at P4, P7, and S2 were selected to be representative of students in all mainstream schools. Approximately 7000 students completed the assessments in May/June 1998. Assessment was based on the curriculum defined in the "National Guidelines: English Language 5-14," specifically on reading and writing. Assessment tasks were thematically linked and required students to employ the communication skills of reading and writing as a natural part of the work on the topic provided. Standards at P4 showed strengths in both reading and writing, with over two-thirds of the sample achieving Level B (range is from A to E). Comparisons were made between P7 and S2 only. S2 students performed significantly better than P7 on all the reading and writing tasks, although there was a difference in the percentage of students at these stages attaining the national target: at P7, 73% attained Level D or better on reading tasks and 36% were attaining Level D or better in writing tasks; at S2, 41% attained Level E or better in reading tasks and 23% attained Level E in writing tasks. Results showed that the girls are performing consistently better than the boys. In addition to assessing students' performance, the survey gathered relevant information from students and schools. (NKA)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Foreign Countries, Reading Achievement, Sex Differences, Student Evaluation, Student Surveys, Writing Achievement, Writing Evaluation
Dissemination Officer, SEED Research Unit, Room 2B-96, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6-6QQ Scotland. For full text: http://www.hmis.scotoff.gov.uk/riu.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)