Grade Nine Diagnostic Test coming 2019-2020 academic year
Minister of Education, Senator Ruel Reid, has indicated that the Grade Nine Diagnostic Test will be implemented during the 2019/2020 academic year.
Speaking at a JIS Think Tank recently Senator Reid explained that the diagnostic test will assess students’ readiness, their performance and achievements up to grade nine.
He said that while national assessments are undertaken at various levels of the education system there is no formal evaluation of students after the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and before the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
The education minister also informed that plans are far advanced for the phasing out of the GSAT, and introduce its replacement the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) in 2019/2020.
He said the ministry is now rolling out the curriculum that will lead to the new assessment and will engage stakeholders in consultations.
The education minister explained that the PEP, which will be a composite test, will include mental ability, curriculum testing and teacher or school-based evaluation.
He added that the exam will focus on high-order skills and will not be a multiple choice-type exam as exists with GSAT.