Monday, August 21, 2017

Test scores for Ural students decline in 2014

The Sverdlovsk Regional Institute of Education recently reported that the average 2014 test scores among Ural-area students fell significantly over last year's scores.

The average math score in 2014 fell to 40 points, down from the average score of 50 points in 2013. Scores for Russian language remained the same at 63 points; however, the minimum threshold required to obtain a graduation certificate had to be lowered from 36 to 24 points, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

If the region had not lowered its minimum score requirements, only be 3,500 students would have graduated from Ural-area secondary schools this year.

"Today changed the nature and order of the [Institute of Education]," the institute's rector Oksana Gredin said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "But we in the region cannot be called critical indicators. This is indicated by passing scores in local universities, which compared with the previous year, were not below. Well, who did not receive the required number of points for admission to higher education will be able to study in secondary vocational education."

Meanwhile, some in the educational system said the criteria used for measuring student comprehension this year was inherently flawed.

"The process itself is hostile to students," Georgi Amusin, the chairman of the Sverdlovsk Association of Psychologists and Psychotherapists, said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "During the exam, students feel criminals, for which all strive to follow and catch. Think and solve tasks in such an atmosphere of fear the child is extremely difficult."