National Assessment begins today

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A total of 1,408 students have registered for the grade two National Assessment which will be conducted in public and primary institutions across the island today.
While, 1,476 students from the grade four level will be assessed on Tuesday in the programme administered by the Ministry of Education.
In a release issued on the weekend, education officials said that everything was in place for the administering of the assessments over the two-day period.
Ineta Francis, Education Officer, measurement and evaluation, also explained that the assessments are not pass and fail exercises, but are rather diagnostic in nature.
“They are intended to give the officers (Language Arts and Mathematics) an idea of the literacy and numeracy levels of our students,” she noted.
“When the results are analysed, we look at how we can strengthen weak areas. The aim is to ensure that by the time the students reach the exit point, which is grade six, a lot of those weaknesses will be remedied,” Francis stated.
The education officer also stated that in the past, statistics have shown that students at the grade two level do well in mathematics, while those in grade four experience challenges in both subject areas.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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