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Annual benchmarks in primary and lower secondary school to guide pupil progress better
[anglais] Key policies - Jean-Michel Blanquer - 18/10/2019

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In May 2019, annual progress reference standards were published. These reference standards help teachers ensure that their pupils are making regular progress, give them national reference standards to assess pupils' needs and keep families as informed as possible on the educational progress of their children.

  • The school curricula are in cycles of three years : cycle 1 (pre-primary), cycle 2 (Grades 1, 2 and 3) and cycle 3 (Grades 4, 5 and 6). This sequence is an advantage in monitoring the learning of pupils and structuring the team work of teachers.
  • To find the correct learning rate and give keys to the teachers, pupils and families, annual progress markers, setting out the knowledge that has to be acquired by pupils for each year of compulsory schooling, were published in May 2019.
  • Teachers can use these markers to make sure that pupils make regular progress in acquiring knowledge, whilst benefiting from national markers to assess pupils' needs and advise families of the educational situation of their child as comprehensively as possible.

A goal of proficiency and consolidation of fundamental skills by all pupils

At the start of the 2018 school year, the French, maths and moral and civic teaching curricula were clarified and adjusted in relation to the goal of proficiency in fundamental skills (reading, writing, counting, respecting others) of all pupils.

At the start of the 2019 school year, annual progress markers for French and maths come into force. From Grade 1 to Grade 3, the educational teams have an additional tool for rigorous, explicit and progressive teaching throughout compulsory education.

These annual markers help the teachers to organise their year better and address gradually the knowledge, skills, notions and subjects of teaching throughout the three years in each cycle.

For example, in Grade 1, the pupil must be able to decipher the alphabet automatically by learning the grapheme-phoneme correspondences. This learning commences at the start of the school year in September at a sustained rate of two correspondences a week, with the target of twelve to fifteen grapheme-phoneme correspondences before the mid-term break.

Progress markers and year-end expectations

The progress indicators set out the year-end expectations, i.e. what must be acquired at the end of each year of compulsory schooling.

For example, in French, a pupil is expected to know how to read correctly and fluent at least fifty words a minute at end Grade 1, at least ninety at end Grade 2 and 120 at end Grade 3. In maths, at end Grade 1, the pupil solves addition and subtraction problems with numbers lower than or equal to 100. In Grade 2, they solve problems in two stages, mixing additions, subtractions and/or multiplications with numbers up to 1,000.

Scientific Council for National Education : throwing light on educational action through research
Its productions are levers for taking up the challenges of our education system : improve education standards of all pupils, fight social determinism and promote social justice.
Set up in October 2017 by the Minister for National Education and Youth, Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Scientific Council for National Education (Csen) provides all teachers and educational supervisory staff essential clarification on the knowledge emanating from international research. The two main Csen missions are to put the major education issues of our time into perspective and to question teaching practices. The Council can be consulted by the Minister on all education and teaching subjects. Its members are some twenty recognised personalities working in various scientific disciplines linked to education: Gérard Berry, Maryse Bianco, Pascal Bressoux, Gérald Bronner, Anne Christophe, Jérôme Deauvieau, Stanislas Dehaene (Chairman), Marc Demeuse, Esther Duflo, Michel Fayol, Étienne Ghys, Marc Gurgand, Caroline Huron, Aurélie Jean, Sid Kouider, Eléna Pasquinelli, Joëlle Proust, Franck Ramus, Patrick Savidan, Nuria Sebastian-Galles, Élizabeth Spelke, Liliane Sprenger-Charolles, Bruno Suchaut and Johannes Ziegler.
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