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Perception of a Successful Passing of State Final Testing (SFT) and United State Exam (USE) by Parents of Moscow School Students: Opportunities and Drawbacks

Alina Pishnyak and Natalia Khalina

Voprosy obrazovaniya / Educational Studies Moscow, 2015, issue 3, 144-170

Abstract: Alina Pishnyak - Candidate of Sciences in Sociology, Leading Researcher, Institute for Social Development Studies; Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University-Higher School of Economics. E-mail: a.pishniak@socpol.ruNatalia Khalina - Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University-Higher School of Economics. E-mail: nhalina@hse.ru Address: 9/11 Myasnitskaya str., 101000, Moscow, Russian FederationBased on the data of a representative poll performed by Institute of Megalopolis Humane Development in April of 2014 among 1516 parents of 1st through 11th grade students of Moscow schools, there are data being analyzed related to parents' perception of preparation to and taking of SFT and USE. There are results given for groups of parents of school students of various ages: 1st‑4th, 5th‑6th, 7th‑9th and 10th‑11th grade students as well as a detailed information related to specific subjects of the school program. Most of those taking part in the poll believe that regular studies do not ensure passing of FST and USE with high grades with more than 30% of parents believing that additional classes would not allow passing with high grades either. Such expectations normally shape during the first years of their children spent in school. The major drawback for successful passing of FST and USE are believed to be poor training programs, whereas less than 20% refer to poor quality teaching. In parents' view, students' passing of FST and USE is accompanied by a series of challenges: starting from their persuasion being that exams are an inadequate tool for knowledge assessment to a fear of being unable to ensure they children a proper preparation to the exams. The authors believe that the issue of FST and USE has become a resource of social tension for families with children in a metropolis.DOI: 10.17323/1814-9545-2015-3-144-170

Keywords: compulsory education; United state examination; Final state testing; school students’ parents; educational courses; abilities; additional classes; social tension (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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