| <2008 student assessment results and measures for poor performing students is announced>
When MEST announced 2008 National Student Assessment results and measures for students who failed to meet the basic academic standards at the test on February 16th, KFTA showed a positive response because it was a first attempt to determine student achievements and to come up with supportive measures at a national level based on individual student, school and region.
In the national student assessment, 300 thousand(6.6%) out of 4.5 million students from the 4th grade elementary students to the 10th grade high school students failed to meet the basic academic standards. KFTA claimed that it is useless to say yes or no to the national student assessment test when so many students were found to be below the basic achievement level. Instead, it proposed to focus our national capacity on improving the overall student achievement levels while minimizing the side effects caused by the public release of test outcomes.
KFTA said, however, that the education authorities should come up with measures to productively use the assessment information for educational purposes and to minimize the side effects as the public announcement of assessment results may cause negative effects such as ranking schools according to test scores, curriculum operation based on test subjects and increased burden on teachers and students. It also pointed out that accurate analysis of factors affecting student achievements is needed and that it is inappropriate to hold schools or teachers accountable for negative test scores.
KFTA urged that there should be active policy considerations and effective support for students and schools with poor achievement scores while expecting the assessment to be a tool to make our education more mature through accurate diagnosis of and solutions for test outcomes.