Eighth graders passed the “3+” exam.  Math again more difficult than Polish

Pupils of the eighth grade of primary school had to pass three written exams: in Polish, mathematics and a foreign language. As in previous years, English was the most chosen foreign language (97.9%), followed by German.

The average score of eighth-grade students on the English exam is 66 percent. points, German – 53 percent, Russian – 68 percent, French – 82 percent, Spanish – 69 percent. And from the Italians – 69 percent.

As shown in the Central Examinations Committee’s preliminary information about the results achieved in the 8th grade exam, published on Monday by the CKE, these are the results of students who are Polish citizens who have solved the tasks in standard papers. It does not include the results of grade 8 students who sat for the exam in the additional period in June.

Class 8 exam was held on the main date on May 23-25. About 510.4 thousand people joined it. Eighth grade students, including about 13.8 thousand students from Ukraine.

The average result in the exam in Polish given by students from Ukraine is 45 percent, in mathematics – 37 percent, in English – 46 percent, in Russian – 90 percent.

The Central Examinations Commission published the national results of the eighth grade exam on Monday on its website.

Also on Monday, from 10.00, graduates of the eighth classes of primary schools can find out their individual results via ZIU (an application prepared at the request of the Ministry of Education, which allows students to check the results of state examinations – https://ziu.gov.pl/). Grade 8 examination results certificates will be received on July 6 this year.

In “Preliminary Information About Grade 8 Exam Results,” CKE presented what they did well and what they had problems with.

“The results of this year’s exam show that students of the Polish language coped well with the task that examined the ability to read premium texts and compulsory reading knowledge + Balladyna +” – we read.

Information reported that in mathematics, students demonstrated the ability to calculate square roots of numbers that are squares of rational numbers and to perform simple memory calculations.

On the other hand, in the exam in a modern foreign language, eighth-grade students who took the English exam had the highest average score for solving a closed task to check for finding specific information based on the listening text, while in the case of German, the students coped better. With a closed task to check the functionality of the knowledge language.

The test also indicated which skills the eighth graders mastered least. As we can read in the CKE information, the Polish language test was difficult for the students, among others, a language education task checking skills: correct gradation of adverbs and particle writing with adverbs in degree of preference.

“In mathematics, the most difficult task turns out to be an open one, the solution of which requires the ability to manipulate mathematical objects, transform an equation with unknown ones to calculate the height of a triangle” – it is noted.

In the case of English, the most difficult task for eighth graders was an open-ended task to check knowledge of language means (this required, among other things, the use of the expression “have to” in the second person singular; only 18 percent of eighth graders managed it), While students who took the exam with German students had the lowest average score for solving an open-ended task to check the ability to create a written statement.

The Grade 8 examination was conducted on the basis of test requirements, not on the basis of the requirements stipulated in the core curriculum of general education. Test requirements constitute a narrow catalog of requirements defined in the core curriculum.

The standard Polish exam paper contained 19 tasks. A maximum of 45 points can be obtained for the correct solution of all tasks, including 12 points for solving closed tasks and 33 points for solving open tasks.

The paper consists of two parts. The first part contained 18 tasks organized around two texts on the paper: a literary text (an excerpt from Juliusz Słowacki’s Balladyna) and a non-literary text (an excerpt from Jolanta Maria Berent’s Unlock Your Talent). The tasks in this part of the paper required the student to know the chosen compulsory reading, to answer questions about the content of the texts given in the examination paper, to interpret the cultural text – to draw, to write an invitation. In the second part of the paper, the student chose one of two topics for the essay: an argumentative statement – an essay, or a creative statement – a short story.

The first topic to choose from was: “Do you agree with the statement that what kind of people do we depend on ourselves? Write an essay in which you present your position. In Justification, refer to the required reading and to another work of literature.”

The second topic was: “Write a story about your meeting with the hero of the chosen required reading. Your adventure together will convince you that the goal has been achieved by those who persistently strive for it. The essay should prove that you know the required ‘good reading’.”

Regardless of the topic chosen by the eighth graders, the essay must be at least 200 words long.

58% chose the first topic. Students, the second – chose 40 percent. Reported by the Committee on Continuing Education. In the note to this information it was indicated: “In the case of about 2% of test-takers – there is no information on the given topic or the test-taker has not written an essay.”

The standard paper in the mathematics test contained 19 tasks, including 15 closed tasks (multiple choice, true-false and matching tasks) and 4 open-ended tasks. A maximum of 25 points can be obtained for correctly completing all tasks. The tasks in the exam paper included issues in the field eg. Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. Eighth graders were asked to analyze the content and graphic elements, and in the case of open-ended tasks – as well as plan and memorize the subsequent stages of the solution and present the result.

The standard paper in the foreign language test contained 46 tasks grouped into 14 packages. A maximum of 55 points can be obtained for the correct solution of all tasks, including 34 points for solving closed tasks (multiple-choice, matching tasks) and 21 points for solving open tasks. The open-ended assignments required the eighth graders to formulate their own answers (blank assignments and/or answers to questions) and edit a short text (e-mail in English and website entry in other languages).

Students from Ukraine who took the Polish language exam had different test papers from the test paper of Polish students. It was a modified version of the spreadsheet developed for students whose limited knowledge of the Polish language makes it difficult to understand the text being read. Instructions and instructions for tasks have been translated into Ukrainian. All texts cited in the paper and the content of the assignments were in Polish. The students had to answer the tasks in Polish, and they had to write their own text in Polish – an essay on one of the two topics proposed in the paper. The subjects were the same as the Polish students. Students from Ukraine can get an extended time in the Polish exam.

The exam paper with the mathematical tasks solved by students from Ukraine was identical in its content to the standard sheet, but its full content, that is, instructions and instructions for assignments and assignments, was translated into Ukrainian. Students can write their solutions in Ukrainian. In foreign language examination papers, instructions and instructions for assignments have been translated into Ukrainian. Depending on the instructions, solutions to the tasks can be written in a foreign language or in Ukrainian. Solving time for math and foreign language worksheets is not extended.

Taking the eighth grade exam is a prerequisite for completing the primary stage. For students who could not take the exam in May due to health or random reasons, an additional session was held in June.

The result of the exam affects the student’s admission to the secondary school of his choice. Half of all points to be earned – these are exam points. The other half is points for grades on the school report and other student accomplishments.

Last year, students of the 8th grade of primary school scored an average of 60% for solving tasks in the Polish language in the 8th grade exam. Obtainable point, Mathematics – 57 percent, English – 67 percent, German – 50 percent, Russian – 65 percent, French – 80 percent, Spanish – 81 percent. And from the Italians – 89 percent. points. (PAP)

Author: Danuta Starzyńska-Rosiecka

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