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The Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results are showing that students are doing better across all subject areas, including the critical subjects of Mathematics and Science.

There was improvement of almost seven per cent in at least one subject. "This year is a unique year, in that for the 11 years that we have had GSAT, all subject areas showed an increase in the mean performance.it means that students are doing better right across the board," said Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, at a press conference this morning (June 21) at Jamaica House.

Giving a breakdown of the figures, the Minister informed that the national pass average for Mathematics improved by 4.2 percentage points to 56.9 per cent from 52.7 per cent last year. "When we look at the trend, we see that it is heading upwards and we are confident that this will continue.in Science, last year, the national average was 53 per cent, this year the national average is 59.6 per cent. Again the trend for Science is upwards."

Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness (right) confers with Permanent Secretary, Audrey Sewell (left) and Chief Education Officer, Grace McClean, prior to the start of a press conference at Jamaica House, today (June 21), on the results of the 2010 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

Social Studies recorded the highest percentage increase of 6.7 per cent, moving from 52.9 per cent last year to 59.6 per cent, while the national average for Language Arts went up 58 per cent from 56.7 per cent last year, recording the lowest increase of all subjects. Communication Task recorded an average of 66.2 per cent, up from 61.2 per cent.

Region One, comprising Kingston, St. Andrew, and western St. Thomas had the highest average performance with 62 per cent in Mathematics ; 64 per cent in Science, 63 per cent in Social Studies, and 62 per cent in Language Arts.

Region Two, encompassing eastern St. Thomas, Portland, and eastern St. Mary, recorded an average of 53 per cent in Math; 57 per cent in Science; 56 per cent in Social Studies; and 55 per cent in Language Arts.

The national average for Region three, which covers Western St. Mary, St. Ann, and Trelawny was: Math, 55 per cent; Science, 57 per cent; Social Studies, 55 per cent; and Language Arts, 56 per cent.

Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), outlines the results and findings of the 2010 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) to journalists at a press conference, held at Jamaica House, today (June 21). Permanent Secretary, Audrey Sewell (left) and Chief Education Officer, Grace McClean, also participated in the conference.

Meanwhile, Region Four, which entail the parishes of Hanover, St. James, and Westmoreland, had an average of 56 per cent for Math; 60 per cent for Science; 58 per cent for Social studies; and 58 per cent for Language Arts.

Region Five, comprising St. Elizabeth and Manchester, had a national average of 57 per cent in Math; 60 per cent for science; 58 per cent for Social Studies; and 58 per cent for Language Arts.

Additionally, Region Six, which covers Clarendon and St. Catherine, earned an average of 55 per cent in Math; 57 per cent in Science; 56 per cent in Social Studies; and 56 per cent in Language Arts. All the regions had a national average of eight for Communication Task, which is scored from a total of 12 points.

According to data released by the Ministry, 64.97 per cent of students got into one of the schools of their choice, with 81 per cent placed in high schools; 10.3 per cent were placed in primary and junior high schools; 6.36 per cent were placed in technical high schools; and 1.99 per cent of students were placed in all-age schools.

A total of 32.31 per cent of students were placed in schools according to proximity.