One out of two students cannot read or count properly for their age. Two years online and students lose connection with school: the pandemic and distance learning, in fact, have precipitated student performance. It is no longer just an impression, the results of the Invalsi tests certify it. The Assessment Institute has in fact returned to test students after last year’s forced stop. And so, two years after 2019, the comparison is merciless. Nobody is saved, or almost: it seems that teaching has held up only in elementary school. Also because the children were mostly in attendance. But among the big ones, the shortcomings are overwhelming.
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ALL MEDIA. In fact, in middle school 39% of students did not achieve adequate results in Italian, that is 4 out of 10, even worse for mathematics where 45% of the boys remain at stake.
INSUFFICIENT MATURITY. In high school, the figure worsens further. Compared to 2019, the figures drop by 9%. Thus reaching 44% of students not adequately prepared in Italian and 51% in mathematics. As for the English language, the drop is between 2 and 3% but the percentage of unprepared is still high: 51% in English-reading at level B2 and 63% in English-listening at level B. Practically without adequate levels , the children demonstrate that they have the skills that a third grader should have.
SOUTH ALARM. From red alert several regions of the South where the decline is decidedly worse than the national average and over half of the students not only do not reach adequate levels but not even the minimum threshold of skills in Italian: namely Campania and Calabria with 64 %, Puglia with 59%, Sicily at 57%, Sardinia at 53% and Abruzzo at 50%. In Campania 73% of students are below the minimum proficiency level in mathematics, 70% in Sicily, and 69% in Puglia.
MISSING IN CLASS. There is also a phenomenon to stop, as soon as possible, and that is the implicit dispersion: in the face of the explicit dispersion that concerns the children who do not reach the diploma, because they leave their studies earlier, there is a large slice of children who, even if does not reach the minimum threshold. It represents 9.5% of the total number of students: “About 40 thousand students – explains Roberto Ricci, head of the Invalsi test area – who regularly finish their studies every year without having developed what Invalsi considers” adequate minimum skills “in Italian, mathematics and English . They are half of the city of Ferrara. Failure does not change things, it is more functional to the organization of the school than to the skills ». The alarm raised by Invalsi is being heard, also because from 2019 to today this slice of young people has grown by 2.5 percentage points.
Last updated: Thursday 15 July 2021, 08:17
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