2003 Sample
225 schools
8 952 learners
Average age 15.1 years
Grade 8 tested

Indicator Mathematics Science
Average achievement (standard error) 264 (5.5) 244 (6.7)
International benchmarks 
% Learners below 400 89.6 87.1
% Learners at or above 400 10.4 13.0
% Learners at or above 475 5.6 6.5
% Learners at or above 550 2.1 2.6
% Learners at or above 625 0.3 0.5
Average achievement by gender (standard error)
Boys (standard error) 264 (6.4) 244 (7.7)
Girls (standard error) 262 (6.2) 242 (7.2)
Average achievement by age in years (standard error)
12-13 255 (9.3) 231 (14.4)
14-15 302 (9.0) 289 (10.7)
16-17 214 (3.7) 182 (5.2)
18-19 205 (7.4) 164 (9.3)
Average achievement by ex-racial department (standard error)
Ex-Department of Education and Training (Black) 227 (2.9) 199 (3.9)
Ex-House of Representatives (Coloured) 314 (8.6) 311 (9.9)
Ex-House of Delegates (Indian) 366 (24.9) 371 (26.3)
Ex-House of assembly (White) 468 (20.3) 483 (17.3)
Average achievement by test language (standard error)
Always spoken 349 (14.6) 347 (17.3)
Almost always spoken 319 (13.0) 310 (13.8)
Sometimes spoken 247 (3.9) 225 (4.3)
Never spoken 192 (3.9) 153 (5.2)