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Grade Four Literacy Test results show subtraction challenging students

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 11:58 AM

A challenge subtracting was identified as a factor which contributed to a four percentage point decline in performance in the 2016 Grade Four Literacy Test.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Education Minister Ruel Reid, said in June 2016, a total of 37,242 students sat the Test.

Of that number 33,447 were from public schools, 3,760 from private schools and 35 from special schools. 

Senator Reid indicated that approximately 60 per cent of the students from public and private schools achieved mastery.

This represents a reduction of four percentage points when compared to the previous year.

Twenty-five-point-seven per cent achieved almost mastery and 14.5 per cent non-mastery. 

Senator Reid said initial analysis indicates that students had challenges doing subtraction.


Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid

Other challenges impacting students’ performance included their confusion of perimeter and area and their literacy skills, in particular their comprehension skills significantly impacting their ability to understand worded questions.