On May 26, as the only sample district in Shenzhen city for the 2016 National Compulsory Education Quality Monitoring initiative, our district carried out the requested national monitoring work.
There were 20 schools in our district selected as the sample schools for monitoring, including 12 primary schools. These were Yiqiang Primary School, Lvzhou Primary School, Meiyuan Primary School, Nanyuan Primary School, Lotus Primary School, Meilian Primary School, Meili Primary School, Lixuan Primary School, Jingxiu Primary School, West Campus of Liyuan Foreign Language Primary School, Zhongnan School, Huangpu Primary School. The eight secondary schools were Xinzhou Middle School, Shangsha Middle School, Shangbu Middle School, Huafu Middle School, Jingxiu Middle School, Junior Secondary School of Shisha Middle School, Junior Secondary School of Huangpu School, and Junior Secondary School of the Senior Secondary School.
Thirty students from grades four and eight from each school were selected for monitoring. Each student was required to complete a test and questionnaire for Chinese and an arts subject. Compared with previous initiatives, this one added content to performance assessments; for example, painting was added to art and singing to music.
The monitoring process took a whole day. Each sample school sent staff and the duty education inspector at 6.30 am to pick up the test papers from the Education Bureau’s secure room. The secured test papers were opened at 8.20 am for roll call. The Chinese test was conducted from 9.00 am to 10.20 am. The questionnaire was filled in by principals and teachers from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. The Chinese questionnaire was filled in by students from 10.50 am to 11.30 am. The art test was taken by students from 14.00 pm to 15.20 pm. The art questionnaire was filled in by students from 15.50 pm to 16.30 pm. The test papers and monitoring tool kit were returned to the secure room before 17.30 pm.
According to the requirements of the Basic Education Quality Monitoring Center of the Ministry of Education, each sample school was assigned an invigilator from another school for the Chinese test and an invigilator from another school for the art test. A duty education inspector and a teacher and researcher were assigned to supervise the whole monitoring process.
Before the examination, the Education Supervisor Office of Futian district government organized four inspection teams to inspect the preparations made by each sample school. When the examination was in progress, four inspection teams were assigned to inspect each sample school individually. Any problem was sorted out on the spot. After the examination was finished, the test papers were collected quickly.
Monitoring by our district was led by the Education Supervisor Office of Futian District Government and implemented by the Education Quality Monitoring Center of the Futian District Institute of Education Science. We are grateful for the exam preparations made by Xiao Ping, Li Mingyong and Huang Huadong. We are also grateful for the meticulous guidance and work of the leaders of the Futian District Institute of Education Science, teachers, and researchers of Chinese and art.
This quality monitoring assesses the teaching quality of Chinese and art in our district. We will take this opportunity to keep carrying forward education reform and enhancing quality education for students, building a platform for their full development, further improving the quality of education and teaching, and striving to become The Best District in Happy Futian, as promoted by the District Committee and the District Government. (Written by Zhao Qingmu from the District Supervisor Office, photographed by Meiyuan Primary School)