09 October 2013
The first of 1 522 public and
independent schools in the Western Cape today will write the 2013 Western Cape Education
Department Systemic Language and Mathematics tests Grade 3, 6 and 9.
Ministry Spokesperson Bronagh Casey
said the department firmly believes in the importance of the systemic testing
in the management of education and the improvement of learner outcomes as these
tests provide valuable diagnostic information for improving language and
Casey said while the improvements
were pleasing, they also highlighted the fact that there is much work to be
done before the learners across the board demonstrate acceptable levels of literacy
and numeracy as benchmarked internationally.
She further said that is why these
tests are so important to them. Without the use of credible systemic testing of
learner outcomes the WCED would not be in possession of the data upon which to
develop its Literacy and Numeracy Intervention.
The importance of these tests
was highlighted in a national report by the National Education Evaluation and
Development Unit, released late last year, entitled The State of Literacy
Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Phase.
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