Mathematical Standards: Elementary school pupils expect better five years ago


Mathematical Standards: Elementary school pupils expect better five years ago

LINZ / VIENNA. Upper Austria students above the national average, more "top students".

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At five-year intervals, the Federal Institute for Educational Research (Bifie) has again set educational standards in mathematics – for the age group of elementary school pupils. At national level there was an improvement in the mathematics skills in relation to 2013. and the Upper Austria students are above the federal average (see also graph).

Results were divided into four levels – either educational standards "exceeded", "arrived", "partially achieved" or "not achieved". The results were also evaluated on a score scale (200 to 800).

With 67% having 'reached' the standards, Upper Austria is slightly above the national level. Christine Haberlander (Educational Advisor) and Education Director Alfred Klampfer reported with satisfaction that the proportion of risk groups fell by three percentage points, and compared with 2013, the group of people above the educational standards increased by 4 percentage points to 18%. On the points scale the achievements reached an average of 560 points, marking an improvement of 15 points and a third place behind Salzburg (565) and Burgenland (562 points). With the proportion of "top students", Upper Austria is advancing by 18%, along with Salzburg and Styria. This shows the "motivation of students and the excellent work of teachers".

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At national level, the percentage of non-compliant standards decreased by three percentage points compared to 2013 (2013: eleven percent). An even stronger increase (4 percentage points), on the other hand, is recorded among the top students. In terms of points, the overall result improved from 533 to 551 points.

For the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education, Martin Netzer, the results are fundamentally "impressive". The "problematic areas" but the performance differences between boys and girls. Young people without migrant background (565 points) are scored 61 points better than migrant backgrounds (504).

In Upper Austria, about 13,000 fourth-grade students were tested in 2,963 primary schools to test educational standards, with 73,800 students nationwide.

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