One of the most important and exciting features of the SACMEQ research programme has been that participating education systems have been able to make a scientific assessment of trends over time in the reading and mathematics achievement levels of Grade 6 pupils, and also to make valid comparisons of the performance of their own education systems with the performance of other similar education systems. The reading and mathematics achievement levels of Grade 6 pupils from the 15 SACMEQ school systems have been presented in the table below for the SACMEQ Project II (2000) and the SACMEQ III Project (2007). These research results were derived from tests that were based on a careful analysis of official curricula, school syllabi, and textbooks used in SACMEQ school systems.
The test scores were transformed so that pupils and their teachers from both SACMEQ studies were placed on a single scale (for SACMEQ II Project pupils) with a mean score of 500 and a standard deviation of 100.
These National policy briefs provide information about levels and trends in the reading and mathematics achievements of Grade 6 pupils in the SACMEQ school systems. The results are drawn from two large-scale, cross-national research studies of the quality of education conducted by the fifteen school systems involved in the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ).
Hungi, N., Makuwa, D., Ross, K., Saito, M., Dolata, S., Van Cappelle, F., Paviot, L., & Vellien, J. (2010). Pupil Achievement Results
Makuwa, D. (2010) What are the levels and trends in reading and mathematics achievement?