Corporate Area, MoBay schools dominate GSAT
Jermaine Francis, Gleaner Writer
A Gleaner-commissioned study by Johnson Research Survey Limited has revealed that of the more than 1,000 schools that prepared students for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), the top-25 schools with the highest averages were all private preparatory institutions.
The top-performing institutions were largely confined to the metropolitan centres of Kingston, St Andrew and St James.
Only five preparatory schools outside of these parishes are in the top 25.
Ranked in first place, Hopefield Preparatory in northern St Andrew, with 22 students sitting the exams, managed to attain an average score of 392 out of a possible maximum of 412.
The 207 students who sat the exams at the highest-ranked public school, Kensington Primary in Portmore, St Catherine, managed to score an average of 337.
Focusing on those schools that sent 20 or more students into the March exams, the institutions were placed by adding the average score received in the five subjects students are required to sit at the GSAT level. By adding the average score for the five subjects, based on the data given to the schools by the Ministry of Education, Johnson Survey Research was able to ascertain the total score for each.
The Gleaner rankings are based on the total scores for each institution.
Immaculate Prep was the second-best performing school in the island in the 2014 GSAT exams.