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  • The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) will administer the inaugural National Four Year Old School Readiness Assessment, on May 10 and 11.
  • The exercise will determine the readiness of four year old students for the primary education system, by assessing their literacy and numeracy skills.
  • This year’s engagement will involve students enrolled in more than 90 percent of Jamaica’s early childhood institutions, ECC Executive Director, Dr. Joan Reid, says.

The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) will administer the inaugural National Four Year Old School Readiness Assessment, on May 10 and 11.

The exercise will determine the readiness of four year old students for the primary education system, by assessing their literacy and numeracy skills.

This year’s engagement will involve students enrolled in more than 90 percent of Jamaica’s early childhood institutions, ECC Executive Director, Dr. Joan Reid, says.

She told JIS News that the findings will assist the ECC to identify weak areas and undertake the appropriate interventions, including remediation, and referrals for physical/emotional challenges such as vision problems and temper tantrums.

Dr. Reid said the assessment, which is expected to be an annual exercise, marks a significant milestone for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Commission.

“It has been a long time in coming. I am very pleased that the assessment team at the ECC, in collaboration with the Student Assessment Unit at the Ministry of Education, was successfully able to get to this point (of implementation),” she stated.