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How hard was that NCEA Level 1 Maths exam?
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While students glow or wallow in the wake of learning their exam results on Tuesday morning, the NZQA has released the provisional results of the tricky NCEA Level 1 exam that left some students and teachers “angry and frustrated”.
As students emptied last year’s exam halls “stressed” and “close to tears” , browbeaten teachers and parents criticised the exam for its difficult questions.
It prompted the NZQA to release the exam to the public , and now the authority is taking the extra step to share the exam outcome before the consolidated results are released in April.
“NZQA has taken the unusual step of announcing these provisional results early so we can respond to the concerns teachers raised with us in the open letter,” said NZQA deputy chief executive Kristine Kilkelly.
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“Provisional results for the NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics examinations in November show the majority of students who sat the examinations gained an Achieved or better grade for each standard.”
Much of the concern centred around difficult questions on investigating relationships between tables, equations and graphs.
The 2017 results were lower than previous years: 71.2 per cent of students gained an Achieved or better grade compared with 80.5 per cent in 2016.
The mark was also significantly lower on the past range of performance – exam results measured over the previous five years – of 78.1 – 84 per cent.
However, the proportion of students achieving Merit and Excellence for this standard was similar to previous years, NZQA said.
Although there was some concern about the difficulty of the questions on geometric reasoning, 73.5 per cent of students reached achievement in that standard, which was similar to previous years.
Achievement for standard in demonstrating an understanding of chance and data was met by 78.4 per cent of students, which was also similar to previous years.
NZQA also released the results for the Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT), which was provided by NZQA for Level 1 students to sit in September and was marked by their teachers.
The proportion of students who gained an Achieved grade or better was 72.3 per cent, compared to 82 per cent in 2016, but within the range of prior achievement.
NZQA said changes to the assessment were made to better align it with the curriculum and the standard’s focus on investigating relationships between tables, equations and graphs – including a greater focus on problem solving – and were communicated to schools at the end of 2016 and during 2017.
“On the whole, students did well in externally assessed mathematics and statistics achievement standards across all three levels of NCEA,” Kilkelly said.
“Early in term 1 we will work with regional and national mathematics associations to discuss these results with teachers, talk about how the standards are assessed and their feedback on the assessments. We will involve the Ministry of Education, as the owner of the curriculum and standards.
“We also want to reassure students before school starts for the year that not achieving one or more of their external standards will not prevent them from progressing to study Mathematics at Level 2. We encourage students to talk with their teachers, once school starts.”
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