Pacific Education: caregiver engagement with students

The PILNA 2018 study found the degree of caregiver engagement or support to be low, with only about 4 in every 10 students having a family member or ‘caregiver’ actively supporting their efforts to learn to read at home. This study underlined the need…

Pacific Education: gap in critical thinking

Year 4 and Year 6 students in the PILNA 2018 research were assessed for their grasp of basic literacy and numeracy skills. For questions or items that required critical thinking, more than half of the students were unable to provide the expected response…

Key design changes in PILNA research to yield more helpful data for Pacific education   

Photo Caption: Fiji’s representative Josaia Sila during the PILNA Steering Committee meeting last week. The Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) in October will be more extensive and is expected to yield more telling information,…

Pacific Education: Teachers' qualifications in the region

While a large portion of Year 4 and Year 6 students (83%) in the Pacific region had teachers who had completed teacher training programmes, about 1 in 4 students had a teacher whose qualification was either at the certificate level, or lower.

Coding of PILNA trial scripts

​Coding for the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment trial will begin this week, with data entry operators also to resume work. Just like the data entry operators, coders will be trained to undertake the specialised coding of the PILNA…

Data entry of PILNA trial scripts

​The second phase of the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) trial begins this week. This phase involves the PILNA Data entry operators who will sort and record the responses of students and teachers in the trial. The trial for the…

Field Trials for PILNA 2021

FIELD trials for the Pacific's largest regional education assessment, the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA), begins in the Fiji Islands and Tonga, September 15. The two-day research trial is in preparation for the fourth cycle of…

Field Trial for PILNA2021

FIELD trial for the next cycle of the Pacific's largest regional education assessment, the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA), begins in Papua New Guinea on September 8. The trial follows the virtual training of each of the 13…

Regional Workshop: Literacy and Numeracy Item Writing for the Fourth Cycle of PILNA

​This marks the start of the fourth administration of the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. Item writing is one of the crucial activities in the PILNA process that has to be carried out at the earliest opportunity in the beginning of each…
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