Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini, Head of Ministry’s Internal Audit Department Irakli Andriashvili, Director of National Examinations Center Maia Miminoshvili and Deputy Director of Ministry’s Educational and Scientific Infrastructure Development Agency Giorgi Gulua summarized the results of the school leaving exams at the briefing.
By the announcement of the Minister Shashkini, “based on the exams outcomes and their analysis, we can declare that the unprecedented exams have been organized successfully. Eight-day-long exam process was carried out without complications as a result of the complex measures taken by the Ministry. However, the most important is the schoolchildren’s accomplishments in these exams; - 30 % of the school graduates showed high level of knowledge at the exam. 5 % out of them - got the highest points.
According to the Minister’s decree, the minimum competency level for all subjects is 5.5 point. Proceeding from the fact, that the school leaving exams were organized for the first time in Georgia, all schoolchildren who got minimum 5.2 points in any three subjects and 5.5 points in other 5 subjects have passed the exams. The minimum competency level for the schoolchildren of non-Georgian schools in Georgian Language is 5.1 point; for other subjects the same general rule is applied.
Nevertheless, this precedent will not be used in the next year’s school leaving exams. The next year, the minimum competency level for all subjects will be 5.5 point. Minimum competency level in Georgian Language exam for the schoolchildren of non-Georgian schools will be 5.3.
School leaving exams was organized in the format of Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). The exams were held at the examinations centers of 1520 schools across Georgia. Each school was supplied with the necessary technical equipments and the local networks were upgraded. The process of the exams was monitored with the central server and audio equipments at the Data Processing Center of the Ministry.
The exams were held in 8 subjects: Georgian Language and Literature, Foreign Languages (upon choice); Math, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The first exam was organized in Georgian Language and Literature on May 23 and the last one was held on June 1 in Math.
Ethnic minority schoolchildren took exams in their own native languages.