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ITEGS - International Test of Early Grade Skills - 2017

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With a sample size of more than 290,000 students from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the USA, ITEGS is the largest data set of foundational reading and mathematics skills across multiple countries in the 5-9 age range. Its unique value proposition is that it measures early reading fluency in English and basic numeracy. It presents a comparative snapshot across countries during the very critical foundational skill acquisition period.

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ITEGS - International Test of Early Grade Skills - 2017

  1. 1. International Test of Early Grade Skills - 2017
  2. 2. Executive Summary With a sample size of more than 290,000 students from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the USA, ITEGS is the largest data set of foundational reading and mathematics skills across multiple countries in the 5-9 age range. Its unique value proposition is that it measures early reading fluency in English and basic numeracy. It presents a comparative snapshot across countries during the very critical foundational skill acquisition period. ITEGS grants awards to the countries who achieve the greatest success with their lowest quartile of students. We pay special attention to the lowest quartile of students, as these represent those at greatest risk of not acquiring the skills needed to fully participate in society. In 2017, the Reading Skills Award goes to the USA and the Numeracy Skills Award winner is Hong Kong. Key Findings ● The United Kingdom and New Zealand experience a significant widening in the gap between higher reading performers and lower reading performers. ● Hong Kong is approximately three grades ahead in numeracy skills over Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the USA. This gap is apparent from 5.5 years of age. ● Girls’ are approximately three months ahead of boys in reading skills over the 5-9 age range, while boys are between 3 and 6 months ahead of girls in numeracy skills over the period. This trend is consistent across countries. ● Reading performance shows a high degree of correlation with numeracy performance. There is some evidence of divergence in the upper quartile, where evidence suggests students start to have a stronger leaning towards either reading or numeracy.
  3. 3. The International Test of Early Grade Skills (ITEGS) is the largest data set of foundational reading and mathematics skills across multiple countries in the 5 to 9 age range. It contains data from more than 290,000 students from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the USA. ITEGS is brought to you by the research team at Skoolbo - a global learning platform with outreach to over 50,000 schools across the world with secondary analysis by the Center for Educational Innovation and Digital Learning at Lamar University. ITEGS is unique in that it measures early reading fluency in English and basic numeracy. The tests are administered across the Skoolbo learning platform in a relaxed, game-like environment. All students receive the same tests, and the results are comparable across age groups and educational jurisdictions. ITEGS presents comparisons across countries during the foundational skill acquisition period (ages 5 to 9). It does not propose reasons as to why those differences may exist. It allows for granular analysis across this age group. The data enables each country to examine the impact of their educational policies and practices in early literacy and numeracy, and in so doing drives towards increased outcomes for children. Data from ITEGS has been analyzed at the country and state/region levels, as well as by gender. ITEGS places particular focus on the distribution of the data by examining the mean, median, and 25th and 75th percentiles. About
  4. 4. ITEGS grants awards to the countries who achieve the greatest success with their lowest quartile of students. We pay special attention to the lowest quartile of students, as these represent those at greatest risk of not acquiring the skills needed to fully participate in society. In 2017, the Reading Skills Award goes to the USA and the Numeracy Skills Award winner is Hong Kong. We invite further study of the anonymized data by educational authorities and university researchers. Please contact us at research@skoolbo.com. School districts and educational authorities are encouraged to have their students complete ITEGS. Please contact us at itegs@skoolbo.com. Media requests are to be directed to itegs@skoolbo.com. Note: ITEGS represents a valuable supplement and precursor to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).
  5. 5. Contents High Performers Key Findings Test Methodology Explanation of Charts Limitations Country-by-country Breakdown Australia Canada Hong Kong New Zealand United Kingdom USA Release Date: November 6, 2017.
  6. 6. Reading Skills Award For achieving the greatest success with the lowest quartile of students USA
  7. 7. Reading Skills - High Performers Highest Performing Countries at Age 5.5 Canada and Australia Highest Performing Countries at Age 8.5 Australia and United Kingdom Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students USA and New Zealand Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students USA
  8. 8. Numeracy Skills Award For achieving the greatest success with the lowest quartile of students Hong Kong
  9. 9. Numeracy Skills - High Performers Highest Performing Country at Age 5.5 Hong Kong Highest Performing Countries at Age 8.5 Hong Kong and United Kingdom Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students USA, New Zealand and United Kingdom Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students USA
  10. 10. AUS Age 5.5 AUS Age 7.0 AUS Age 8.5 CA Age 5.5 CA Age 7.0 CA Age 8.5 NZ Age 5.5 NZ Age 7.0 NZ Age 8.5 UK Age 5.5 UK Age 7.0 UK Age 8.5 USA Age 5.5 USA Age 7.0 USA Age 8.5 Sample Size =98,702 Key Finding 1 The United Kingdom and New Zealand see a widening in the gap between higher performers and lower performers over a three-year period. The USA has the greatest success at lifting its lowest quartile of readers. * Hong Kong was not included in the English reading analysis as most students are English as a Second Language. Reading Skills Growth Across Age 5.5 to 8.5
  11. 11. Key Finding 2 The 25th percentile of 8.5 year olds are behind the 75th percentile of 5.5 year old students. There is no evidence in the data to suggest that struggling readers catch up. Age 5.5 Age 8.5 Australia Canada New Zealand United Kingdom USA 75th Percentile Students 25th Percentile Students Reading Improvement by Quartiles Hong Kong has been left off this chart, as English Reading skills are not a key focus during this period.
  12. 12. SampleSize=274,697 Key Finding 3 The study indicates boys’ reading skills are approximately three months behind those of girls. This is particularly evident in the lowest quartile of students, where boys are overrepresented. Girls showed a higher mean reading score in 46 of the 48 age group breakdowns across the study. Australia: Reading Skills Canada: Reading Skills Hong Kong: Reading Skills New Zealand: Reading Skills United Kingdom: Reading Skills USA: Reading Skills
  13. 13. AUS Age 5.5 AUS Age 7.0 AUS Age 8.5 CA Age 5.5 CA Age 7.0 CA Age 8.5 HK Age 5.5 HK Age 7.0 HK Age 8.5 NZ Age 5.5 NZ Age 7.0 NZ Age 8.5 UK Age 5.5 UK Age 7.0 UK Age 8.5 USA Age 5.5 USA Age 7.0 USA Age 8.5 Sample Size = 99,924 Key Finding 4 Students from Hong Kong are approximately three grades ahead of students in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the USA. This gap is apparent from 5.5 years of age. Numeracy Skills Growth Across Age 5.5 to 8.5
  14. 14. Age 5.5 Age 8.5 Australia Canada Hong Kong New Zealand United Kingdom USA Numeracy Skills Improvement by Quartile 75th Percentile Students 25th Percentile Students Key Finding 5 With the exception of the USA, the 25th percentile of 8.5 year olds are behind the 75th percentile of 5.5 year olds in numeracy skills. The USA has achieved the greatest lift in numeracy skills among the lowest quartile of students. The 25th percentile of Hong Kong students has achieved similar numeracy results to the 75th percentile of students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
  15. 15. SampleSize=279,506 Key Finding 6 Boys’ numeracy skills are between 3 and 6 months ahead of girls’ numeracy skills over the age period. This gap is apparent in the top two quartiles of students. This trend is apparent across all countries in the study. Boys achieved a higher mean numeracy score in 44 of the 48 age group breakdowns. Australia: Numeracy Skills Canada: Numeracy Skills Hong Kong: Numeracy Skills New Zealand: Numeracy Skills United Kingdom: Numeracy Skills USA: Numeracy Skills
  16. 16. Sample Size = 44,417 Key Finding 7 Reading performance shows a high degree of correlation with numeracy performance. This trend is particularly evident within the first three quartiles. There is some evidence of divergence in the upper quartile, where it seems students start to have a stronger leaning towards either reading or numeracy. Australia Canada New Zealand United Kingdom USA
  17. 17. ITEGS are reading and basic numeracy tests for 5 to 9 year olds. They measure fluency and are a combination of both accuracy and speed. The reading test covers reading fluency as measured by a student’s ability to correctly identify a word that has been spoken. The reading test does not cover vocabulary or comprehension. The numeracy test covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The numeracy test does not cover geometry, space, patterns, algebra, or word problems. Students complete ITEGS online when they first appear Skoolbo Learning Platform. Skoolbo uses this data to assign a starting point for the child on the Skoolbo program. The ITEGS data is not influenced by prior use of Skoolbo. Format ● Students have 60 seconds to correctly answer as many questions as they can. ● Accuracy is encouraged, and children strike out if three mistakes are made. ● The score is calculated by the total number of correct answers. ● Students complete two tests in both reading and numeracy, with their best score in each being counted. Testing Period Data for this analysis has been collected from 2015 to 2017. Test Methodology
  18. 18. Sample Reading Skills Test Link to video of sample tests 25th percentile for USA age 8.5 achieves to this level Median for USA age 8.5 achieves to this level 75th percentile for USA age 8.5 achieves to this level Median for USA age 5.5 achieves to this level 75th percentile for USA age 5.5 achieves to this level 25th percentile for USA age 5.5 achieves to this level
  19. 19. Sample Numeracy Skills Test Link to video of sample tests 25th percentile for USA age 8.5 achieves to this level Median for USA age 8.5 achieves to this level 75th percentile for USA age 8.5 achieves to this level Median for USA age 5.5 achieves to this level 75th percentile for USA age 5.5 achieves to this level 25th percentile for USA age 5.5 achieves to this level
  20. 20. Explanation of Charts The ITEGS study has incorporated a number of charts to help visualize the data and see trends. 75th percentile Median for USA age 8.5 achieves to this level 25th percentile Mean Maximum (excluding outliers) Minimum (excluding outliers) Lower Quartile Upper Quartile Box and Whisker Plots highlight the distribution of data. They are useful in illustrating changes within each quartile. Outliers have been excluded to increase the ease of interpretation. Outliers represent less than 2% of the data.
  21. 21. Explanation of Charts The ITEGS study has incorporated a number of charts to help visualize the data and see trends. Heat maps show the concentration levels of data at each coordinate. They are beneficial for highlighting correlation patterns. Approximately 70% of the data falls in the red zone
  22. 22. Limitations ITEGS acknowledges limitations, which may increase the margin of error. These include: ● The sample size of Canada is slightly below the preferred threshold of 4,500 as used by TIMSS and PIRLS and 5,000 as used by PISA. The sample sizes of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the USA vastly exceeded this threshold. Analysis at a state or region level is subject to greater error due to a reduction in sample size. ● Schools subscribe to the Skoolbo learning platform (free of charge), and it’s possible the users do not represent a cross-spread of society. ● Students self-select their age and gender information. This may be prone to error. Teachers provide the state and country details. ● The tests are not conducted in a “test-like” environment. That is, they are not supervised, and it’s possible that some students receive assistance from other people. ● The tests are multiple choice with two possible responses. This may upwardly bias the results through lucky guessing. Accuracy is encouraged, and students strike out if they make three mistakes. There is an overall accuracy of 87% which indicates random guessing is not overly prevalent. ● Younger children may have difficulties with the computer skills required to enter responses. Touchscreen tablet versions are recommended to reduce any navigation issues. ● Students may have encountered technical difficulties during the tests. Students who achieved a maximum score of 2 or below were excluded from the analysis. ● The data is not longitudinal, and the improvement analysis is underpinned by the assumption that age cohorts within an educational jurisdiction are comparable.
  23. 23. Australia
  24. 24. Highest Performing State at Age 5.5 Australian Capital Territory Highest Performing State at Age 8.5 Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, and Western Australia Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students South Australia and Western Australia Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students Victoria Australia: Reading Skills - High Performers
  25. 25. Age 5.5 Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 17,209 Note: Northern Territory excluded due to insufficient sample size Australia Reading Skills: State Comparison
  26. 26. Sample Size = 46,708 Australia: Reading Skills - All Students Australia: Reading Skills - Boys and Girls
  27. 27. Australia: Numeracy High Performers Highest Performing State at Age 5.5 Australian Capital Territory Highest Performing State at Age 8.5 Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students Western Australia Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia
  28. 28. Sample Size = 17,106 Age 5.5 Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Note: Northern Territory excluded due to insufficient sample size Australia Numeracy Skills: State Comparison
  29. 29. Sample Size = 46,597 Australia: Numeracy Skills - All Students Australia: Numeracy Skills - Boys and Girls
  30. 30. Canada The sample size of Canada (4,117) was insufficient to allow for a regional breakdown and the allocation of High Performers.
  31. 31. Sample Size = 4,117 Canada: Reading Skills - All Students Canada: Reading Skills - Boys and Girls
  32. 32. Sample Size = 4,095 Canada: Numeracy Skills - All Students Canada: Numeracy Skills - Boys and Girls
  33. 33. Hong Kong The sample size of Hong Kong (5,368) was insufficient to allow for a regional breakdown and the allocation of High Performers.
  34. 34. Sample Size = 5,368 Hong Kong: Numeracy Skills - All Students Hong Kong: Numeracy Skills - Boys and Girls
  35. 35. New Zealand
  36. 36. Highest Performing Region at Age 5.5 Canterbury Highest Performing Regions at Age 8.5 Auckland and Canterbury Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students Wellington and Waikato Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students Waikato New Zealand: Reading High Performers
  37. 37. Age 5.5 Auckland Bay of Plenty Canterbury Northland Otago Wellington Waikato Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 8,528 New Zealand Reading Skills: Selective Region Comparison
  38. 38. Sample Size = 28,624 New Zealand: Reading Skills - All Students New Zealand: Reading Skills - Boys and Girls
  39. 39. Highest Performing Region at Age 5.5 Canterbury Highest Performing Regions at Age 8.5 Northland and Canterbury Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students Waikato Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students Bay of Plenty New Zealand: Numeracy High Performers
  40. 40. Age 5.5 Auckland Bay of Plenty Canterbury Northland Otago Wellington Waikato Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 8,526 New Zealand Numeracy Skills: Selective Region Comparison
  41. 41. Sample Size = 28,690 New Zealand: Numeracy Skills - All Students New Zealand: Numeracy Skills - Boys and Girls
  42. 42. United Kingdom
  43. 43. Highest Performing Region at Age 5.5 East Midlands and London Highest Performing Region at Age 8.5 South-East and London Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students South-East and Scotland Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students Yorkshire United Kingdom: Reading High Performers
  44. 44. Age 5.5 East Anglia East Midlands London North-West Scotland Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 8,714 UK Reading Skills: Selective Region Comparison
  45. 45. Age 5.5 South-East South-West Wales West Midlands Yorkshire Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 5,140 Reading Skills performance was lower for 25th percentile at age 8.5 as compared to age 7.0 UK Reading Skills: Selective Region Comparison
  46. 46. Sample Size = 42,820 United Kingdom: Reading Skills - All Students United Kingdom: Reading Skills - Boys and Girls Limited growth apparent among the lowest quartile of students
  47. 47. Highest Performing Region at Age 5.5 London and East Midlands Highest Performing Region at Age 8.5 South-East and North-West Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students North-West Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students West Midlands, North-West, and East Anglia United Kingdom: Numeracy High Performers
  48. 48. Age 5.5 East Anglia East Midlands London North-West Scotland Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 8,236 UK Numeracy Skills: Selective Region Comparison
  49. 49. Age 5.5 South-East South-West Wales West Midlands Yorkshire Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 5,098 UK Numeracy Skills: Selective Region Comparison
  50. 50. Sample Size = 43,521 United Kingdom: Numeracy Skills - All Students United Kingdom: Numeracy Skills - Boys and Girls
  51. 51. USA
  52. 52. Highest Performing State at Age 5.5 Florida and Ohio Highest Performing State at Age 8.5 Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students Illinois and Pennsylvania Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for Lowest Quartile of Students Illinois and Pennsylvania USA: Reading High Performers Please note: Only the seven largest US states were considered in the analysis.
  53. 53. Age 5.5 California Florida Illinois New York Ohio Pennsylvania Texas Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 21,656 Note: Only the seven largest US states were considered in the analysis. USA Reading Skills: Large States Comparison
  54. 54. Sample Size = 152,473 USA: Reading Skills - All Students USA: Reading Skills - Boys and Girls
  55. 55. Highest Performing State at Age 5.5 Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania Highest Performing State at Age 8.5 Pennsylvania and Florida Greatest Improvement Between Age 5.5 and 8.5 for all Students Illinois and Pennsylvania USA: Numeracy High Performers Please note: Only the seven largest US states were considered in the analysis.
  56. 56. Age 5.5 California Florida Illinois New York Ohio Pennsylvania Texas Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Age 5.5 Age 7.0 Age 8.5 Sample Size = 21,457 Note: Only the seven largest US states were considered in the analysis. USA Numeracy Skills: Large States Comparison
  57. 57. Sample Size = 151,163 USA: Numeracy Skills - All Students USA: Numeracy Skills - Boys and Girls

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