Testing, testing. One, two, three....
|Mishal and Julie monitor the pupils during a test|
Well in Mkwiro, it has been more than 8 months since we started holding small, regular tests for the pupils of Mkwiro Primary School. We recorded each and every test in order to see the evolution of the grades and get a good idea of where we needed to place more focus when teaching our classes.
|Some of the pupils completed test papers|
At the beginning, the students did not really understand what we were doing since they were not used to having this kind of testing (all standards have 3 full days of exams at the end of each quarter but no regular testing throughout the year). I thought that it was going to be hard to keep on assessing each standard but it was more a question of how to organize the lessons while having tests. The pupils got used to it and after a couple of times, the discipline started improving during the testing.
|Our results analysis|
We recently started analysing the results. It is not necessarily easy to do considering that they don’t depend only on the teaching but on the environment, the topics tested and the state of minds of the pupils etc. However, we are very happy to see that all standards ‘averages have improved during the last eight months and are now above 50% (which is the passing score). Moreover, the girls are performing very well, sometimes even better than the boys (which is not the norm in the district).
|GVI analysis of student performance – notice the improvement!|
So, even if it is hard to scientifically analyse school results we can be proud to see that all our efforts were useful. We will continue with regular testing and monitoring student progress over the coming year.
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