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More than 100,000 students to sit grade four literacy test next week

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 6:50 AM
In this 2010 file photo grade-four students of the Harbour Primary School in St Catherine are in deep concentration while sitting the Grade Four Literacy Test.

More than 100,000 students across the island will sit the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy examinations on June 28 and June 29. 

Approximately 58,000 students are registered to sit the literacy test and 43,000 for numeracy.         

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Grace McLean, explains that the examinations are designed to identify areas of strength and weakness among students in the subject areas.

The tests are diagnostic in nature and after completion students may be assigned a mastery level, almost mastery level or non-mastery.

McLean says the information received from these tests should guide administrations in developing and implementing enrichment and recovery programmes for students as they enter grade five.

She notes that testing at the grade-four level allows a longer period for the preparation of students for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).  

In 2009, the Ministry initiated the Competency-based Transition Policy, which stipulates that no child will be allowed to sit GSAT without being certified as achieving mastery in the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Test.