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For the first time, ETEC Reveals The Level of Acad

During the press conference held on Monday, 21/10/2019, at the headquarters of the NCA in Riyadh, ETEC revealed the results of the national tests related to the performance of students in the 4th primary and 2nd intermediate grade in mathematics and science. The national tests aim to provide parties concerned with education with an honest and fair measure of students' learning outcomes and academic achievement in core subjects, diagnose strengths and weaknesses in preparation for improvement and provide recommendations to education policy makers, school leaders, teachers and parents​

The ETEC chose the 4th primary and 2nd intermediate grade in line with the international studies, because the 4th graders are more able to read the test materials and instructions and understand them compared to students in the lower grades. The 2nd intermediate grade tests measure the students' knowledge and skills accumulated from previous stages and their readiness for the secondary stage.

The ETEC explained that the number of participants in the national tests​ that were applied in 2018 amounted to 27984 students in the 4th grade of 965 primary schools. Also, 24120 of their parents, 2737 teachers, and 807 leaders of primary schools answered the questionnaires. As for the 2nd intermediate grade, the data was collected from 30,057 students in 939 middle schools, 2,5007 of their parents, 2798 teachers, 780 middle school leaders responded to the questionnaires. The number of teams and committees participating in the program was 462 members of both genders, and the number of field teams reached 57 teams.
 With regard to the summary of results, the ETEC revealed that female students performed better in both mathematics and science and the performance difference in science was greater than in mathematics for both grades (4th  primary and 2nd intermediate), with overall poor performance for male and female students.
Regarding the performance of fourth grade students, 52% of 4th grade female students achieved the minimum level of proficiency compared to 47% of male students in mathematics, while in science 44% of female students achieved the minimum level of proficiency compared to 30% of male students. In the 2nd intermediate grade, 46% of female students achieved the minimum level of proficiency in mathematics compared to 39% of male students, while in science 46% of fe male students achieved the minimum level of proficiency compared to 30% of male students.

As for some factors related to teaching and learning, the national tests report 2018 indicates the positive correlation between the enrollment of students in kindergarten or the preparatory year and their achievement in the 4th grade of primary school. It was also noted that the performance of students who repeated a school year was lower than that of their peers who did not repeat any school year. In addition, there is a negative correlation between absence and late attendance with the level of academic achievement, and that the increase in the number of absences and late attendance has a negative impact on the level of student achievement.
Finally, the questionnaires accompanying the national tests examined the prevalence of some behaviors among the students such as (poor interest in reading, frequent absences, prevalence of morning late attendance and the presence of bullying). At the end of the report, ETEC prepared a number of recommendations to education policy-makers, teachers, school leaders, and parents.
It is worth mentioning that ETEC carries out the tests periodically in coordination with the Ministry of Education, based on the resolution of the Council of Ministers on the organization of the Commission. One of the most important tasks of the Commission was to provide benchmarks with honest and fair indicators about the performance of students and the level of knowledge and skills. To achieve this goal, the Commission introduced the National Tests Program, with balanced and ambitious goals and in line with the goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030. Arrangements are underway with the Ministry of Education to implement the national tests for this year 2019.



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