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Increase in overall performance in SEA 2017

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Jul 12 2017

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Increase in overall performance in SEA 2017


The Ministry of Education wishes to take the opportunity to refute claims that this year’s performance in the 2017 SEA was lower than previous years. 
According to the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education, there has been an overall increase in student performance. 
He said statistics from the Division of Educational Research and Evaluation (DERE) in the Ministry of Education show students scored higher in 2017 than in 2016, and the performance in English Language Arts improved in 2017 with a greater percentage of students scoring above 50% and 90%.  Additionally, a greater percentage of students scored above 90% in Mathematics in 2017.

In Mathematics, the percentage of students scoring above 90%  was 14.3% in 2017 compared to 12.2% in 2016.  This was the highest percentage of students scoring in this band since 2014 when 17.7% of students scored above 90%.
The percentage of students scoring above 90% in English Language Arts was 14.7% in 2017 compared to 0.8% in 2016.  This was the highest percentage of students in this band for the period 2010 to 2017.  

Table 1: Percentage of Students scoring above 90% for the period 2010 to 2017 in Mathematics and English Language Arts

 

 Subject 2017  2016   2015  2014   2013   2012   2011  2010 
 
 Mathematics  14.3%
(2591)
 12.2%
 (2212)
 12.3%
 (2259) 
 17.7%
(3247) 
 8.5%
(1540)
 19.2%
(3432) 
23.1%
 (3988)
  
 15.2%
(2621)


 
 English Language Arts   14.7%
(2679)
0.8%
 (146)
  
3.4%
 (625)
  
2.1%
(393)
 
1.3%
 (226)
 
 2.2%
(386) 
1.6%
(276)
  
1.4%
(246)
 


 


    
The percentage of students scoring above 50% in Mathematics was 63.2% in 2017 compared to 64.9% in 2016.  This was the lowest percentage of students scoring in this band for the period 2010 to 2017.
The percentage of students scoring above 50% in English Language Arts was 76.4% in 2017 compared to 62.9% in 2016.  This was the highest percentage of students in this band for the period 2010 to 2017.  Table 2 illustrates the percentage of students scoring above 50% in Mathematics and English Language Arts.  

Table 2: Percentage of Students scoring above 50% for the period 2010 to 2017 in Mathematics and English Language Arts


Subject   2017   2016   2015    2014   2013  2012   2011    2010
 
 Mathematics  63.2%
 (11494)
 64.9%
(11791)
 63.9%
 (11738) 
 63.7%
 (11673) 
 65.6%
 (11836) 
 72.4%
 (12938) 
 73.1%
 (12640) 
 68.2%
 (11771)


 
 English Language Arts   76.4%
 (13890)
 62.9%
 (11429) 
 72.8%
 (13371) 
 69.9%
 (12826) 
 69.1%
 (12466) 
 62.2%
 (11105) 
 67.5%
 (11670)
 65.2%
 (11257)


 
 

The percentage of students scoring 30% or less in Mathematics was 18.6% in 2017 compared to 14.4% in 2016.  This was the highest percentage of students scoring in this band since 2014 when 19.1% of students scored 30% or less.

The percentage of students scoring 30% or less in English Language Arts was 10.1% in 2017 compared to 13.5% in 2016.  This was the lowest percentage of students in this band since 2013 when 10.0% of students scored 30% or less. Table 3 illustrates the percentage of students scoring 30% or below in Mathematics and English Language Arts.
  

Table 3: Percentage of Students scoring 30% or below for the period 2010 to 2017 in the Mathematics and English language Arts



Subject   2017   2016   2015   2014  2013    2012   2011   2010 
 
 Mathematics  18.6%
 (3386)
 14.4%
 (2626)
 16.3%
 (2978) 
 19.1%
 (3479) 
 17.3%
 (3123) 
 11.5%
 (2057)
 
 12.0%
 (2073) 
14.7%
(2540)
 


 
 English Language Arts   10.1%
 (1842)
 13.5%
 (2449) 
 11.0%
(2014) 
 12.3%
 (2243) 
 10.0%
 (1794) 
 14.7%
 (2619) 
 11.6%
 (2001) 
 14.0%
 (2410)


 


Minister Garcia said the Form One Initiative which was conceived in response to data from the 2016 Secondary Entrance Assessment will again be used to identify students about to enter the secondary school system with numeracy and literacy deficits. 

Diagnostic testing will also be conducted to identify the specific content and skill gaps among students in Mathematics and English Language Arts inclusive of Creative Writing. Teacher training will also be conducted to equip teachers with skills and strategies to help students fill the knowledge gap.