Fiscal year 1968 was the fourth year of operation for American Samoa’s unique instructional system in which television is used as the major teaching tool rather than as a supplement. It saw the dramatic educational process experiment continue the fastest and most economical method of upgrading education in the territory.
A major change occurred in the research and measurement area. A grant from the U.S. Office of Education under title III of the 1965 Elementary, Secondary Education Act provided funds for personnel to undertake a 3-year research project. The program will develop assessment techniques and materials, making it possible to measure the effectiveness of instruction. It combines the efforts of the project and instructional staffs in coordinating specifics to be tested and evaluated.
Considerable testing was done during the year. It combined locally devised and standardized tests from U.S. publishers. The initial results have already been of value in measuring the problems and progress of Samoan students.
The study of English reading and usage compared 1968 students at level IV with a similar group tested in 1964. The same modified Pittman test was used in each case. The 1968 students performed at a much higher level indicating progress has been achieved in English teaching. (Aspinall, 1968: p 11).