Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Grade Four Tests on June 21 & 22: The Grade Four literacy and numeracy test, set by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will be administered on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
The test is set to determine their literacy and numeracy standard.
For the numeracy segment, students will be tested on number operation and representation; measurement and geometry and algebra and statistics.
The literacy component will comprise word recognition, reading comprehension and writing.
The tests are diagnostic in nature and after completion, students may be assigned a mastery level, almost mastery level or non-mastery.
At the mastery level, students must attain mastery on all three sub-tests or strand combinations, to be assigned almost mastery, students should master one or two sub-tests or strand combinations while students who have not mastered any of the sub tests or strand combinations are at the non-mastery level.
In 2009, the Ministry of Education initiated the Competency Based Transition Policy, which stipulated that no child will be allowed to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT without being certified as achieving mastery in the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Test.
Students who not attain mastery in both areas are required to re-sit the examinations in Grade 5.
Thousands of students are expected to sit the examination this week.
Contributed by Dr Colin O Jarrett