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Regional Analysis of National Grade Six Assessment

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TENTH PARLIAMENT OF GUYANA – FIRST SESSION (2012-2013)

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

NOTICE PAPER NO. 202

Member Asking: Ms Amna Ally, M.P.,

Opposition Chief Whip

Minister Answering: The Minister of Education

NATIONAL GRADE SIX ASSESSMENT

Question:
Could the Honourable Minister present in a written form the analysis of the National Grade Six Assessment and the regions in Guyana?

Answer
The National Grade Six Assessment 2013 was written on the 25 & 26 March 2013 across all ten (10) administrative regions of Guyana. Sixteen thousand eight hundred and eleven (16,811) candidates were entered for the assessment. Ninety eight (98%) percent of the students entered wrote the assessment. The candidates also wrote the National Grade Two Assessment (NGTA) in 2009 and National Grade Four Assessment (NGFA) in 2011. The results of the National Grade Six Assessment present a candidate’s overall performance at three assessments.
The highest possible standardize score obtainable in Mathematics – 134, English – 146, Social Studies – 138, and Science-142. The highest possible total score obtainable was 560.
Note: For logistical and analytical purposes, Georgetown is disaggregated from Region # 4 and is referred to as Region # 11.
The largest number of candidates for the National Grade Six Assessment were from Region # 4 (Demerara-Mahaica) with 3556, followed by Georgetown with 2850 and Region # 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) with 2213. The smallest number of candidates being presented were from Region # 8 (Potaro-Siparuni) with 282 candidates.
Georgetown secured the highest percentage of candidates obtaining 50% and more in all four subject areas, Mathematics – 58.11%, English Language -43.19%, Science-43.51% and Social-Studies-58.18%. Region # 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) followed with 51.05% in Mathematics, English - 34.94%, Science-40.79% and Social Studies – 52.5%. Region # 3 was third in candidates receiving 50% and more in all four subject areas, with Mathematics – 48.76%, English - 31.95%, Science - 35.65% and Social Studies - 47.99%. Region # 8 and Region # 1 secured the lowest percentage of candidates obtaining 50% and more in the four subject areas.

See Appendix I

Question:
Could the Honourable Minister give an overall percentage of pupils who fell below the pass mark in Mathematics, English, Science and Social Studies?

Answer
The norm reference test is the type of assessment or evaluation which yields an estimate of the position of the tested individual in a specific population, therefore the highest possible score by a candidate one year can be 555 marks and in another year 548 marks. The National Grade Six Assessment utilizes the norm-reference type of testing and is specifically geared at the placement of students into the secondary level.
In 2013 43.9% of the candidates scored over 50% in Mathematics, 28.7% scored over 50% in English 31.8% scored over 50% in Science and 44% scored over 50% in Social Studies.
Please note that significant improvements were recorded over the years as can be seen from the table below.

 

PERCENTAGE OF CANDIDATES GAINING 50% & MORE

Year

# entered for examination

Mathematics

English

Science

Social-Studies

1993

14,495

8.4

9.5

22.4

13.5

1998

13,861

Not available presently

Not available presently

Not available presently

Not available presently

2003

14,858

28.3

32.1

49.1

36.1

2008

16,885

35.4

32.9

34.8

24.7

2013

16,623

43.9

28.7

31.8

44

Question:

How many candidates fell below 400 marks?

Answer
The results for the National Grade Six Assessment are presented using standardized scores therefore 400 marks cannot be use as a bench mark for pass or failure.
It should be noted that marks gained at the National Grade Six Assessment might not place a candidate at a List A school in Georgetown, but place another candidate with the same score in a List A school in another Region. 9,040 students scored below 400 marks.

The table below indicates the number of candidates placed at the secondary level:

Types of School

# of  Candidates

National  Top

708

Regional Top

301

List  A Schools

2145

List B  Schools

4898

List C     “

3030

List D    “

1012

List E  “

2018

List F  “

1516

List G     “

379

Remain in

Primary Top

616

Question:

Could the Honourable Minister state whether the results of the Grade 2 and 4 Assessments were included in the National Grade Six Assessment in all cases?

Answer

The National Grade Two Assessment 2009 and National Grade Four Assessment 2011 were added to the National Grade Six Assessment 2013 scores. A percentage of the marks gained at the Grade Two and the Grade Four Assessments was combined with the marks gained at the Grade Six Assessment in order to determine the candidates’ overall scores. Five percent (5%) of each candidate’s Grade Two score in Mathematics and English, and ten percent (10%) of the Grade Four score in the same subjects, were added to eighty five percent (85%) of each candidate’s score in those subjects. The combined scores in Mathematics and English were added to the scores gained in Science and Social Studies.
Score at Grade 2 (5%), Grade 4 (10%) and Grade 6 (85% - English & Math) 100 % Soc St, Science

The statistics below show the results for two actual candidates:

Name Grade Two (5%)  Grade Four (10%) Grade 6
Eng Math Eng      Math Eng Math SST SCI Total
 Highest possible Score 6.9 6.5 13.7 14.1 125.8 113.05 138 142 560
6047--- 6.05 5.4 11 9.7 95.2 90.1 104 103 424
11102--- 6.65 6.5 13.1 13.9 121.55 113.05 131 140 545

It should be noted that candidate 6047--- was awarded a place at Tutorial Academy and candidate 11102--- was placed at Queen’s College.

Question:
Could the Honourable Minister indicate whether there were requests in 2012 for reviews of the NGSA results? If so, how many and were these reviews done?

Answer
Examinations Division, Ministry of Education, entertains reviews for the National Grade Six Assessment on an annual basis. A letter indicating a request for a review must be forwarded from the Headteacher of the Primary school to the Examinations Division along with a review fee. Acceptance of reviews closes three weeks after the release of the NGSA results. If there are any changes to the results the review fee is refunded.
In 2012 there were sixty seven (67) requests for reviews and all were completed.

Question:
Could the Hon. Minister tell this National Assembly whether there were requests for reviews of the National Grade Six Assessment in 2013? If so, how many and when will these reviews be completed?

Answer
In 2013 there were 86 requests for reviews and all were completed.

(Notice Paper No. 202 (Q 125 Opp.123) published on 2013-07-03)

Date Received: 2013-06-25
Date For Order Paper: 2013-07-25

Submitted by Hon. Priya Manickchand MP
July, 2013

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