::fibreculture:: ICT Proficiency Standards
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Thu Apr 22 16:23:35 CEST 2010
'Nationally, 57 per cent of Year 6 students, and, 66 percent of Year 10
students reach or exceed a challenging but reasonable ICT proficiency
22 April 2010:
National Year 6 and Year 10 Information and Communication Technology
(ICT) Literacy Results
The Hon. Julia Gillard, MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Commonwealth
Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, today
released the 2008 National ICT Literacy Sample Assessment results for
Year 6 and Year 10 students on behalf of the Ministerial Council for
Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs. (MCEECDYA)
This report is the second to be published on ICT Literacy in the cycle of
three-yearly sample assessments conducted by MCEECDYA as part of its
National Assessment Program (NAP).
The assessment measured students ability to access, manage, integrate
and evaluate information, develop new understandings, and communicate
with others in order to participate effectively in society.
The assessment was conducted in October 2008, with 5,604 Year 6 students
from 299 schools & 5,322 Year 10 students from 292 schools participating.
The participating students were from both government and non-government
Results of the assessment show that nationally 57 per cent of Year 6
students reached or exceeded the Year 6 proficient standard and 66
percent of Year 10 students reached or exceeded the Year 10 proficient
standard. This represents improvement on the 2005 assessment results of 8
per cent for Year 6 students and 5 per cent for Year 10 students.
The proficient standard represents a challenging but reasonable
expectation for typical Year 6 and 10 students to have reached by the end
of each of those years of study.
The report also found that a students socioeconomic background had the
biggest effect on their performance, with 41 per cent of Year 6 students
whose parents are from the unskilled manual, office and sales
occupational groups attaining the proficient standard, compared to 72 per
cent of students whose parents are from the senior managers and
professionals occupational group. In Year 10 the corresponding figures
are 52 per cent and 78 per cent.
Significant differences in performance were also found to be associated
with Indigenous status and remote geographic locations. The gap in ICT
literacy achievement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students is
greater in 2008 than it was in 2005, with Indigenous students achieving
the proficient standard at less than half the rate of non-Indigenous
students. Metropolitan students tended to record higher ICT literacy
scores than students in provincial areas, who in turn recorded higher
scores than those in remote areas.
The next ICT Literacy assessment will be conducted in 2011. The results
of that cycle will allow trends to be identified based on three
comparable datasets. The information derived from these national
assessments enables us to better understand and improve our childrens
skills and knowledge.
To download the report, click here:
The NAP ICT Literacy 2008 School Assessment Exemplars are also available,
to download click here:
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