For several years now, in May, all fifth grade pupils in Flanders get the opportunity to participate in the Great Traffic Test. Using digital photos and real life movies, students have to answer 25 multiple choice questions.
Background & Objectives
Through the Great Traffic Test (Grote Verkeerstoets) , the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge supports primary schools and parents in traffic education. Because of gradually increasing traffic, children need more and more skills to manage themselves safely and independently in traffic. Teachers, schools and parents are a most important link in that learning process. As a teacher or parent the Traffic Test provides you with an insight into what the children already know about functioning well in daily traffic. It also suggests what traffic rules and skills they still need to learn and give some special attention to, as an immediate result of the test.
The Great Traffic Test is in essence a tool for self-evaluation. It is an individual online test for which all Flemish fifth grade teachers have the opportunity to register their class, free of charge. During one day in May, the students individually take part in the Great Traffic Test on a computer at school, through a website. The test takes approximately 30 minutes and the questions are different for each individual test. Each student gets 25 random questions taken from the 150 available. It is not necessary that all children test at the same time during the school day. However, the test is only available for one day.
It is not only an exam on traffic rules and regulations but also tackles the behaviour of the pupil. It consists of realistic images with multiple choice questions about how you should behave as a pedestrian or cyclist. How to recognise dangers and how to respond appropriately is an important part of the test apart from the theory. Pupils see movies where they should indicate how the blind spot of a truck is to be avoided, what they should do as they pass a row of parked cars, or how they can safely cross as pedestrians on a road without traffic lights.
After the test the children can immediately see their results and they get feedback on the questions. As a teacher you can overview the results of the whole class and compare the average results achieved in Flanders by logging into your personal file. Diplomas are available for teachers to print after the test for each child. The results per pupil per school are purely meant for internal use within the school. They are not used for third parties. However, an average of all results is being looked at to form a good picture of the strengths and weaknesses in Flanders.
Production costs were € 25000 and included the making of movies, pictures, hosting website, promotion, evaluation and contact with schools.
In May 2012 the Great Traffic Test took place for a third time. Interest in the initiative is still increasing. A total of 1643 classes’ representing 1114 primary schools in Flanders and Brussels registered in 2012. As many as 27107 students from the fifth grade were tested via an online test, almost 50% of all students in fifth grade in Flanders. A total of 87% of them were successful and achieved at least 17/25. On average pupils achieved 19/25. The questions on the themes “within the town centre” and “outside the city” were the best answered. The questions relating to traffic signs were found to be slightly more difficult by the students.
The Great Traffic Test allows schools to evaluate and adjust the knowledge and insights of students from fifth grade. That way, the operating points for sixth grade come up, a crucial year before many children will become more independent in traffic when going to secondary school. In 2013 the next edition test is planned for 23rd May.
The Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (FFT) is committed to increase awareness about traffic and mobility in the region of Flanders, Belgium. The FFT is active throughout Flanders, and was established by the decree of the Flemish Parliament of 21 March 1990. The FFT offers a range of projects and services for all age groups.