Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment 2018: Small Island States report

Organisation(s): Pacific Community

Date: 2019

Pages: 97 p.


The 2018 PILNA Small Island States report provides an in-depth analysis of the numeracy and literacy assessment outcomes of Year 4 and Year 6 students in fifteen Pacific Island countries. It also reports on trends in student achievement in literacy and numeracy across the three PILNA cycles: 2012, 2015 and 2018. Chapter 1 describes the purpose and context of PILNA. Chapter 2 provides an overview of the methodological framework, data analysis and the development of a common scale and proficiency benchmarks. Chapter 3 addresses the performance of Year 4 and Year 6 students in numeracy. Chapter 4 addresses the performance of Year 4 and Year 6 students in literacy. Chapter 5 explores student attitudes and student contexts and their relationships to student learning outcomes. The chapter provides information about caregiver involvement in students’ education, the resources available to students at home and finally student attitudes towards reading, mathematics and school in general. Chapter 6 discusses pedagogy and characteristics of teachers and teaching. It also explores teacher qualifications and professional knowledge, instructional support, teacher practice and self efficacy. Chapter 7 explores characteristics of school leaders, the institutional environment of the school and the language used for classroom instruction. Chapter 8 summarizes the major conclusions of PILNA 2018. It also provides recommendations for potential next steps for future cycles.

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