Annual assessment shows more students falling behind in math and Korean, fewer in English
By You Soosun
Korea's middle and high school students are increasingly struggling in math and the Korean language, according to this year's nationwide achievement test results released Wednesday.
In this year's assessment, more students failed to meet basic academic levels in Korean and math compared to the previous year.
On the contrary, a smaller share was falling behind in English as a subject.
In 2016, two and five percent of middle school students were struggling to meet basic academic levels in Korean and math; these numbers rose to 2.5 and 6.9 this year.
A similar trend was seen among high school students; year by year, more of them are struggling with Korean _ from 2.6 in 2015 to 3.2 in 2016, and 4.7 this year.
In math, 9.2 fell below the basic standard, up over four percentage points from last year's 5.3.
On the other hand, a smaller percentage of students were estimated to be falling behind in English; 3.1 percent of middle school students and 3.8 percent of high school students performed below basic levels, down from 4.0 and 5.1 the previous year.
According to the Ministry of Education, the tests were taken by 28,131 students in the ninth and 11th grades, who account for three percent of the student population in those grades across the nation.
