Grade 6 systemic evaluation: National

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 3580
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/7025

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Systemic evaluation studies offer a powerful lens through which to view the performance and health of the education system. In particular, the Grade 6 Systemic Evaluation study is intended to serve three purposes: first, to determine the level of achievement of learners within the system; second, to highlight specific areas/issues within the system that require further attention/investigation; and, third, to serve as a baseline for comparison against future systemic evaluation studies. This report on Systemic Evaluation at the Intermediate Phase builds on the Foundation Phase report of 2003 and provides details about the health of the education system. It comprises three main components: (1) design and implementation, (2) contextual factors at home and school and their relationship to learner achievement scores, and (3) learner assessment tasks in three learning areas: Language (LOLT), Mathematics, and Natural Sciences. In addition, this study has investigated the extent to which school and home conditions affect the academic performance of learners. The report concludes by making several recommendations, some suggesting short-term education quality interventions and others with longer-term policy implications.