Simulation results for the 2024 National Assessment. Math grades, a disaster!

The results of the simulation for the National Assessment 2024 were announced by the Ministry of Education on Friday, February 23, and the conclusion is dramatic: in the Romanian language, 26% of the students got grades below 5, while in mathematics the situation is even worse: 57% of grades were below 5.

The students got the lowest marks in mathematics in the last four years. Photo source: archive

8th grade students learned the results of the National Assessment simulation. It seems that they had the biggest problems in mathematics because in this subject they recorded the lowest grades in the last four years. It's true, since the exams were held, the teachers pointed out that the math subjects were very difficult. There have been voices since then announcing that the results will therefore be below expectations.

Specifically, in mathematics, more than half of the children who took the National Assessment simulation got grades between 1 and 5. In Romanian, over 70% of the students managed to get a grade 5. However, there are also children who managed to get the grade maximum. More precisely, 44 students took 10 in Romanian.

The results of the National Assessment 2024 simulation. It was a maths disaster

Here are some figures published by the Ministry of Education:

73.98% of the students obtained a grade 5 or above 5 in the Romanian Language;

44 students got grade 10 in Romanian Language;

42.37% of students obtained grade 5 or above in Mathematics;

91 students got grade 10 in Mathematics;

82.93% of students obtained grade 5 or above 5 in the Mother Tongue;

22 students got grade 10 in Mother Tongue;

Prof. Ionela Neagoe, the director of the Gheorghe Lazăr National College in Capital, declared in a televised intervention that the mathematics subjects had, indeed, an increased degree of difficulty. However, this was for the benefit of the students. “The maths subject was harder than it was before, but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing for some kids who are preparing for an exam. For us it is a landmark to build where there are hibes. We see where we have more work to do and insist there.”

Compared to last year's results, at Colegiul Lazar, roughly the same results were recorded. “We are a happy case. For example, in 2023 I had nine out of ten grades in mathematics. This year we don't have. On the other hand, in Romanian, this year we have many more grades between 9 and 9.99″, Ionela Neagoe also declared.

Simulation results at the 2024 National Assessment: “A disaster!”

But, generally speaking, if we look at the general average of the children, at the marks recorded this year in all the schools in the country, the situation is not rosy at all. “Education needs to be a national priority. The situation is dramatic. Spot interventions should have been made a long time ago where air is in short supply. We can do them if we have trained teachers, if the children are also supported at home, in the family. Those results are not only of the teachers and the schools, but also of the environment in which the students live”, is the opinion of the director of the College Gh. Lazăr.

She wanted to specify that the Romanian language subjects were also more difficult than in previous years. “Difficult subjects..The tests were quite challenging for the children. They were not average. This year's results require special attention because there are extremely enthusiastic children who barely manage to pass the grade 5 threshold.”

The results of the National Assessment 2024 simulation were sent to schools to be communicated to students by classroom teachers. However, as the children are still on holiday, they won't find out how they did in the exam until next week.

The marks from the National Assessment 2024 simulation will not be entered in the catalog, but will be discussed together with the teachers in the classroom.

This is also the first year that papers have been digitally corrected. The papers were scanned, uploaded to the digital platform and evaluated by two randomly chosen teachers.