Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


NEMP study shows primary students making progress

NEMP study shows primary students making progress

Making steady progress may sound like a report writer’s cliché, but latest National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP) assessment results in science, visual arts and graphs, tables and maps show students are doing exactly this as they move from the middle to the upper levels of primary school.

NEMP is undertaken for the Ministry of Education by the Educational Assessment Research Unit at Otago University. In 2003 it involved the assessment of more than 2,800 Year 4 (ages 8-9) and Year 8 (ages 12-13) students from 254 schools.

Senior manager of Learning Policy Frameworks, Steve Benson says NEMP provides the Ministry and schools with system-wide information on student achievement across all the learning areas in primary education. It informs teaching practice and policy such as the revision of the New Zealand curriculum statements which is currently underway.

“Overall, the results are positive and are evidence of the hard work that is going on in schools. However NEMP has again indicated that although students are improving their ability to do similar tasks as they progress from Year 4 to Year 8 they are not doing so well at tasks with more intellectual challenge, such as analysis,” said Mr Benson.

“The latest science results show children displaying a greater ability to do hands-on experimentation tasks. However, students did not perform as well in planning experimental work.

“Across all three curriculum areas assessed, NEMP found the most challenging tasks were those which asked students to justify and fully explain their answers,” said Mr Benson.

It also found that between Year 4 and Year 8:

students’ ability to interpret, construct and complete graphs, tables and maps increases substantially. Students in both Year 4 and Year 8 were least successful in providing titles and appropriate labels for axes and values, seeming to believe that it was sufficient to display the data. the mean scores for all making and responding to art tasks show an overall improvement. However, students were much stronger on creating art than critically responding to works of art.

Over time NEMP has found:

little change in overall science performance and students’ ability to make art between 1995 and 2003 a decline in year 4 students’ ability to critically respond to art between 1999 and 2003 little change in overall performance on graphs, tables and maps tasks, at either year level from 1995 to 2003.

The NEMP reports are prepared by the Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, under the direction of Lester Flockton and Professor Terry Crooks, under contract to the Ministry of Education.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news