In Mendoza, four out of ten students do not understand what they read

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The DGE will seek to implement specific strategies to improve reading comprehension

The number is very worrying because, pandemic involved, that In 2021, the percentage was 42.9% of boys in the 6th grade of primary school, when in 2018 it had been 24%. That is to say that the growth of low levels of reading comprehension was 20 points.

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Romina Durán, director of Educational Quality Evaluation of the DGE, explained what are the reasons for which this fall in the levels of interpretation of texts has happened.

Why has reading comprehension decreased?

According to the official, the fall in the numbers of reading comprehension has multiple causes.

First, the effects of the pandemic and the non-face-to-face and semi-face-to-face courses -in the bubble modality- of classes for a year and a half.

But a The second and no less important reason is the socioeconomic situation of the students.. Although the Nation has not yet sent the detailed report of the Mendoza data, Durán stated that, the more economic and social needs children suffer, the more reading comprehension problems they have.

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This situation is reflected in an alarming fact at the national level: in the areas with the greatest economic needs, 7 out of 10 boys do not have a satisfactory reading comprehension.

The official pointed out that the poorest boys had more problems connecting with school during the pandemic., despite the fact that various strategies were put in place to reach them. This, unsurprisingly, was one of the biggest reasons reading comprehension levels dropped.

Mathematics results improved

Although unsatisfactory levels were already high in Math since before the pandemic, In Mendoza there was a very slight improvement, if the data for 2018 and 2021 are compared.

In 2018, 43% of 6th grade boys in Mendoza schools did not perform well in Mathematics. Meanwhile, that data was 41% in 2021.

The director of Educational Quality Planning stated that they are awaiting the detailed report from the Nation in order to delve deeper into this data.

Strategies to improve reading comprehension

Although the DGE has already carried out its own measurements of educational quality, such as the reading fluency census and the provincial learning survey, lWhat Durán explained is that this information provided by the National government will help him cross-check the data and have a more complete picture.

The information is useful As the General Director of Schools, José Thomas, has already said, to make decisions and apply specific educational policies according to the weakest trajectories of the students.

Thus, for example, when it was detected that the greatest reading fluency problems were in 3rd grade, since they are the children who learned to read and write in the midst of a pandemic, many resources were directed towards that sector.

Finally, the official said that with all this information, the DGE will take the necessary and specific measures to improve the reading comprehension of students in the last years of primary school.

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