A few weeks ago the Yomiuri News on-line reported the following:
On 25th (August) the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announced the result of the "National learning ability and learning situation investigation" (the National achievement test, or the Gaku Te) that was carried out on April 22.
This time the method of participation, following that of last year, was by all members.
Okinawa all along had poor performance now showed great
improvement in all four subjects. In Arithmetic A which last year had the lowest
performance in primary schools among the 47 country-wide metropolis and
districts now was at the sixth place. Compared with last year, the difference
between local governments that had poor performance and the national average was
reduced; there was a general improvement tendency in learning ability.
Questions in A part aimed at measuring National Language, Arithmetic, and basic skills in mathematics while B part looked into the application and intellectual power. Sixth graders from approximately 30,000 national public and private institutions, together with approximately 2,150,000 ninth graders received the Gaku Te. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology only announced the mean correct-answer-rate for public schools in prefectures, metropolis and districts where individual Board of Education had jurisdiction.
Up to now in the Gaku Te the test results showed a fix tendency among local governments to achieve high ranking or low ranking. Regarding the nationwide elementary school test under the all-members participation method,
Okinawa always had one
subject at the lowest in the past four years, yet this time it escaped from the
last place in the all-subjects test. This prefecture performed teachers
interchange with Akita, which was at the top-class
of the whole country, and introduced the
style instruction that included the blackboard demonstration method. The
prefecture Board of Education said "The effort is fruitful, leading to the
self-confidence of children". Akita
In last year,
prefecture was at the lowest of the
whole country in National Language A, now it showed improvements in the rate of
correct answer, almost reaching the national average in elementary schools. Shizuoka
In elementary schools, the difference in correct-answer-rate between the lowest schools and the national average for the first time stayed within 3.5 points in all subjects. When the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology compared last year’s national average with the mean correct-answer-rate of the 3 lowest local governments, it found that the inequality was reduced in all subjects for both the elementary and the middle. On the problem that the rate of No-Answer was over 20%, this number became the smallest ever, too.
It is nice to note that
is making improvements in its education. Japan