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The fall of the residual knowledge of Russian schoolchildren in the pandemic has been measured

The Russian authorities are summing up the results of testing the knowledge that has stuck in the heads of schoolchildren since the last academic year, noticeably spoiled by the distant finale. The results of the All-Russian verification works, as we found out, dropped by 10-15%, which, however, is better than expected. But the results of international studies PISA, although they will be announced later, are expected to be at least no worse than the previous ones.

Actually, it didn’t hurt to test the knowledge of schoolchildren this fall, to call a spade a spade.

Everyone who could – experts, teachers, and parents – spoke out against the All-Russian verification work – CDF, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic from last spring to the beginning of the new school year. It probably could not be otherwise, because due to the unpreparedness of our education system for the transition to online mode, almost the entire 4th quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year was wasted for students. And who wants to fall under the distribution, as soon as the VLOOKUP results clearly reflect this? Of course, no one! Here schools and fought off checks to the last.

The PISA research has its own problems. Due to the lockdowns of Russian schools that began in October, the participation of our students in the tests turned out to be a serious question. But still they made it. And international studies, as Ilya Denisenko, deputy director of the Federal Institute for Education Quality Assessment, specified, as planned, 39260 students from 1.4 thousand schools in 14 regions of our country passed through. (All 85 Russian territories will pass through this test by 2024).

The last participants in the PISA research, as the head of Rosobrnadzor Anzor Muzaev specified, wrote their works only a few days ago, so the general results will not be officially announced soon. But the results of the VPR are already known. And, although the data on the results achieved by specific regions are strictly classified, so as not to provoke massive manipulations and falsifications of a number of high places in the overall rankings, the overall result is clear: the current results are lower than last year.

However, there are objective reasons for this, assured MK Muzaev.

– Usually VLOOKUP is written in April, at the peak of training in the current academic year. But now, for well-known reasons, VLOOKUP has been postponed to autumn. And writing a work for the last academic year is actually a test of not current, but residual knowledge, which is a completely different matter. Therefore, many feared that the results would be disastrous. And they turned out to be unexpectedly good!

How it looks in practice, “MK” explained the director of the Federal Institute for Education Quality Assessment Sergei Stanchenko.

– When checking residual knowledge, the decrease is about 10-15%. It is within these limits that we are. But the main point of VLOOKUP was for schools to diagnose gaps and not rush to study new topics until they mastered the previous “blind spots” and “black holes”. In this regard, the Ministry of Education is already preparing recommendations for adjusting school curricula. It is now completely clear that such an adjustment is necessary.

The checks, in fact, were carried out in order to “determine what decisions need to be made in the near future regarding the postcoid period,” said Muzaev. “In addition, they will help to understand how the 4th quarter affected the students, and what defects are possible.”

REFERENCE “MK”. In 2020, more than 7 million students from 37 thousand schools took part in the all-Russian test works. The total number of VLF participants has increased compared to last year.

Preliminary data indicate a slight decrease in CDF results this year compared to last. Problems also remain with the objectivity of conducting CDS in some schools, although the total number of such schools is decreasing.

Rosobrnadzor promises to publish the list of schools with signs of bias in the conduct of CDR by the end of this year. Well, “we will help schools that have shown low CDF results. This year, we launched the 500 project to support weak schools. Next year, a significant expansion of this project is planned, up to a third of schools from the list of schools with low results in each region will take part in it, ”said Sergei Stanchenko.