Half of primary students score 73 or more in Benchmark exams
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The Primary Benchmark 2016 recapitulation was held during the last week of May and the first week of June. The Education Ministry said that the schools participating in this session of the Primary Benchmark included 62 State Schools, 22 Church Schools and 7 Independent Schools.
The number of children who sat for these assessments was 3627, 1682 males (46%) and 1945 females (54%) which represents 93% of the whole cohort of children in Year 6. Year 6 candidates were assessed in Maltese, English and Mathematics.
The Ministry said that these statistical figures show that 50% of the candidates who sat for the Primary Benchmark 2016 scored 73 marks or more in Maltese and in English and 78 marks or more in Mathematics.
In Maltese, candidates were assessed in Speaking (20 marks), Listening Comprehension (20 marks), Reading Comprehension (30 marks) and Writing (30 marks). The national medians were as follows: 17 for the Speaking component, 15 for the Listening Comprehension component, 23 for the Reading Comprehension component and 19 for the Writing component. The national median for Maltese was 73.
In English, students were assessed in the same components as in Maltese and the national medians were as follows: 17 for the Speaking component, 18 for the Listening Comprehension component, 21 for the Reading Comprehension component and 17 for the Writing component. The national median for English was 73.
Mathematics had two components: the Mental Maths component (20 marks) and the Written component (80 marks). The national median for the Mental Maths component was 17, whilst that for the Written component was 61, with the total national median for Mathematics being 78.
Each Benchmark script was blind marked by two markers. A total of 122 markers were involved in this exercise: 50 for Maltese, 44 for English and 28 for Mathematics.
The results were sent to schools in the first week of July and they were sent to all the candidates on 7th July 2016. The results included the marks that the candidate scored in the different components of the three subjects in the Benchmark as well as the national medians for each component and for each subject. This was to enable parents to compare their child's performance in each subject with the national median.
A number of information and discussion meetings about the Benchmark were held in Gozo and Malta with parents, teachers and Heads of Schools.
The Primary Benchmark 2016 papers and marking schemes can be downloaded from http://www.curriculum.gov.mt under the section Benchmark – Year 6 or by accessing the electronic link http://curriculum.gov.mt/en/Examination-Papers/Pages/bm-papers-2016.aspx