The Ministry of Education is reporting that it is fully prepared for the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Tests scheduled for June 6 and 7.
“Materials have been dispatched to all regions for school administrators to pick up, and the presiding examiners and invigilators have been selected and trained and are ready to provide support for the administration of the examinations,” Chief Education Officer, Grace McLean, told JIS News.
A total of 54,187 students will sit the literacy test, and the number includes those who did not achieve mastery in previous sittings, while 43,840 students will take the numeracy test.
Mrs. McLean told JIS News that the literacy test comprises 40 Word Recognition questions, 30 Reading Comprehension items, and a subjective component consisting of two Writing Tasks.
To achieve mastery, students must score at least 31 points for Word Recognition; 12 and above on Reading Comprehension; and five and above on Writing Tasks, which is marked out of eight. “All three components must be mastered,” Mrs. McLean said.
As it relates to the numeracy component, which has a maximum score of 60, mastery is based on achieving 15 and above on Number Operation and Number Representation combined; nine and above on Geometry and Measurement combined; and six and above on Algebra and Statistics combined.
In preparing for the test, students are being advised to ensure that they take at least two HB pencils and a clean eraser to the examination; go to bed early the night before the examination; have a healthy breakfast on the morning of the examination; and be at the venue at least an hour early.
While under examination conditions, students must not attempt to get help from anyone in the examination room. All queries should be directed to the presiding examiners/invigilators.
“Parents are not to interfere with the examination procedures and should ensure that the students get to the examination venues on time” Mrs. McLean stated.
The Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Tests are administered every year in June as a part of the National Assessment Programme (NAP).
The literacy aspect is administered again in December, to allow students, who did not attain mastery on the first attempt, another opportunity to re-sit before exiting the primary level. Under the Competence-based Transition Policy, each student is eligible to sit the test four times.
These tests are diagnostic in nature and provide detailed information on the performance of the students in the Mathematics and English components of the curriculum.
The results are used to determine the areas of focus for the teachers as well as provide the necessary interventions for students performing below the acceptable levels.
Contact: Judith A. Hunter