Test results show student religious knowledge on the rise
Results of the 2004 Year 6 Religious Education Test in the Sydney Archdiocese indicate continued improvement in students' religious knowledge.
Introduced in 1998, the Year 6 Religious Education (RE) Test assesses students' RE knowledge after seven years at Primary school. The test includes multiple choice and short answer questions on eight sections of the RE curriculum - sacraments, scripture, prayer, liturgical year, church, decision-making, beliefs and saints.
The Catholic Weekly reports that just over 5000 Year 6 students from Catholic parish primary schools and six congregational schools in the Archdiocese completed the 2004 test.
This year's overall average score was 68.3%, up slightly from the previous year. Students from a non-English speaking background achieved a mean score of 67%, while those from an English-speaking background had an average of 70%.
The areas where the students scored highest were in sacraments, scripture and prayer.
A clear trend from the test results was a higher score the longer a student had attended a Catholic school. Students who had been at a Catholic school for six or more years had an average score of 69%. The test average for students attending a Catholic school for one year or less was 59%.
Br Kelvin Canavan, executive director of schools, said that this year's results were very pleasing, and were a good indication of the excellent RE teaching occurring in our schools.
"We need to conduct this Year 6 exit test to ensure that students emerge from their primary education well-versed and literate in religious knowledge. We know that parents expect this of us."
He said that considerable work is done each year to refine and improve the test.
Test results show student religious knowledge on the rise (Catholic Weekly 14/11/04)
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12 Nov 2004