75 public schools, 1800 first graders and their parents, 400 teachers and 75 school principals participated in the national assessment. 70% of the first graders received the highest scores.
National Assessment analyses how students achieve the learning outcomes set by
National Curriculum. The survey was conducted by the
National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement under the Ministry in
December of 2011; the aim of the national assessment was to determine whether
the reforms implemented during 2011-2012 years were successful. The assessment
was conducted in two directions: instruction of English Language in the first
grade and introduction of the netbooks (buki) in the learning process.
Last year, learning of the computer and English was supplemented with newly approved textbooks. The schools were chosen by random selection for the national assessment.
first graders had to fill out the questionnaires; the questions included the
learning materials covered during the respective classes.
The primary results of the national assessment confirm that, the projects initiated by the Ministry are quite successful; learning the English Language from the very first grade was highly approved both by the teachers and parents. Introduction of the netbooks in the learning process also proved to be productive; it has increased the children’s motivation and made the process of learning more engaging.