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Learn Tests: 6 out of 10 principals accessed the results of the evaluations in their school

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Learn Tests: 6 out of 10 principals accessed the results of the evaluations in their school

One of the doubts that always arise after carrying out the Evaluations Learn It is knowing what use can be given to the test results, and thus improve the educational experience of the students.

Returning the results of standardized assessments to educational institutions, through reports on student performance, is an effective policy to improve the learnings of Mathematics y Language and can reduce school repetitionr, as the evidence shows.

In Argentina only 6 out of 10 school directors (63.8%) They declare having accessed reports with their school’s results in the 2019 Learn test.

The conclusion comes from the report “Using standardized tests for continuous improvement“, of the Observatory of Argentines for Education, authored by Alejandro Ganimian (New York University), Leyre Sáenz Guillén and Martín Nistal (Observatorio de Argentinos por la Educación). In addition to reviewing the literature on the return of standardized test information to schools, the authors evaluate access to the Learn test reports in Argentine provinces, and how governments and management teams use that data to their advantage.

In this sense, the authors highlight the importance of continue, promote and evaluate this educational policy due to its low cost and positive results. In addition, it is encouraged to explore the possibility of delivering student results to school teachers. The return of standardized tests not only applies to national-level tests (such as Learn) but also to the various provincial tests, although it should be noted that some provinces already offer this feedback to schools.

The report states that the availability of information on educational results can trigger actions for improvement. The evidence analyzed indicates that the policy of returning results to schools is highly cost-effective: it is low cost and can have a significant impact. Among other cases, the authors cite a study in La Rioja that demonstrated positive effects on student performance when schools received reports with their results.

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In Argentina, 21.6% of secondary school principals affirm that their school did not access reports of results of Learnwhile 14.6% does not know if it was accessed or not. Of the 63.8% that did have access, 48.9% did so virtually and 14.9% in printed format, as reported by the directors themselves in response to a questionnaire included in the Learn 2022 operation on the tests of the year 2019.

The accessibility of the Learn results reports varies greatly between provinces.

The accessibility of the Learn results reports it varies a lot between the provinces. School directors in Córdoba (89.9%) and Entre Ríos (84.5%) stand out for their high levels of access to these reports; On the contrary, Neuquén (33.5%) and Santa Cruz (38.6%) register the lowest levels of access.

At the national level, 8 out of 10 directors (84.5%) who accessed the school report recognized that it served as input for educational management. Only 4 out of 10 directors (39.1%) who accessed the report participated with provincial officials and teams in work spaces on the use of data for improvement.

“The 24 jurisdictional evaluation teams and the national coordinating team make a great effort each year to gather reliable and valid information about student learning. Although the global diagnoses carried out with these data can inform educational policy priorities at the national and jurisdictional levels, the evidence tells us that its greatest value is as a diagnostic tool for schools,” says Alejandro Ganimian, co-author of the report. “We need to not only continue to return them in a timely manner to schools, but also think about how we can make them even more relevant to the needs of principals and teachers, to improve school management and classroom teaching,” culminated Ganimian.

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