Chart of the Week: Mean GSAT

Source: ESSJ

diGjamaica would like to congratulate the 2013 cohort of GSAT students, their family and friends who received their results yesterday.

Before diving into the statistics, What is GSAT? The abbreviation stands for Grade Six Achievement Test, it is Jamaica’s national high school entrance examination, which replaced the Common Entrance Examination in 1999. The examination is usually sat in March and results are normally released in June.

With the 2013 results out, this week’s Chart of the Week we take a look at the Mean percentage scores of GSAT 2010-2012The mean performance scores for all five subject areas increased in 2012, reflecting that students performance improved in all five areas. 2012 mean percentage scores increased by 2% for Mathematics, 3% for Language Arts, 7% for Social Studies, 2% for Science and 12% for Communication Task. In comparison to the mean performance score of students in 2010 and 2011 which were identical results except for Mathematics which showed a 9% increase to 62 in 2011 up from 57 in 2010.

However based on information from Hon. Ronald Thwaites in his press briefing at Gordon House on Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2013 GSAT results show improvement in passes for only Language Arts and Social Studies while a decline for Mathematics, Science and Communication Task.

In 2011, 96% of the 43,479 students who registered, sat the examination. While in 2012, of the 45,454 students who registered, 95% sat the exam. There is a prevailing trend for girls to outperform boys in all subject areas and for Kindergarten/Preparatory schools to have better results than their counterparts in all other school types.

GSAT is expected to be phased out and replaced with Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Exam, which has a tentative deadline to  be implemented by 2016.