22. 05. 12. - 15:55
Mathematics test to measure standards of education
Students in their eighth school year have to prove that they measure up to the Austrian educational standards this week when a mathematics tests for all will be carried out.
The standards of education have been integrated into the Austrian laws for three years, meaning that they must be reached by Austrian schools. A standard test is used to measure how successful schools – and their students – are.
This year, the 14-year-olds in the eighth grade will be given a mathematics test to do, so that the teachers and the headmaster can see where their students are in relation to the national educational standards and other schools.
Every student is given a test with 45-50 exercises to be done in 90 minutes. A total of 250 items will be used to measure the quality of the results as widely as possible.
The results will show where the lever is to be set. The students themselves will receive a personal access code on the test day. With this they can access their results on their final graduation certificates.
This is the first time a test like this is used, and from now on there will be one like it every year on either mathematics, English or German.
Starting next year, similar tests will also be done by fourth graders.