Bulletin: MOCK/PRACTICE EXAMINATIONS FOR GRADE 4 AND GRADE 6

Bulletin 159/2016

GENERAL

“Every Child Can Learn… Every Child Must Learn”

ATTENTION: REGIONAL DIRECTORS, SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMEN AND PRINCIPALS OF ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS

SUBJECT: MOCK/PRACTICE EXAMINATIONS FOR GRADE 4 AND GRADE 6.

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Dear Colleagues:

In an effort to provide additional support to principals, teachers and students in the preparation for the Grade Four Numeracy and Literacy and Grade Six Achievement Tests the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI) is expanding the administration of National Practice Examinations. The purpose of this strategy is twofold: –

To provide data to support the development and implementation of interventions and inform the MoEYI of schools and students which will need additional support.

To provide practical support for students in the process of preparing to sit the respective examinations.

The dates for the practice examinations, approach to marking and timelines for submission are noted below: –

EXAMINATION

SUBJECT

DATE FOR ADMINISTRATION

MOCK/PRACTICE EXAMINIATION

GSAT

Mathematics

January 11, 2017

Social Studies

January 11, 2017

Language Arts

January 12, 2017

Science

January 12, 2017

Communications Task

January 12, 2017

Grade 4

Literacy

January 17, 2017

Numeracy

January 17, 2017

All schools are expected to facilitate the administration of the practice examinations on the dates indicated. Kindly note arrangements for marking noted below:-

Grace McLean, PhD

Chief Education Officer

————————————–December 07, 2016———————————————

2 – 4 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4, Jamaica, Tel: 922-1400, e-mail: grace.mclean@moey.gov.jm

Language Arts

Principals will be required to ensure that the multiple choice components of both the Practice/Mock Examinations are marked by their teachers using the Answer Keys which will be provided through the Regional Offices. This task must

be completed by:-

GSAT Language Arts

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Grade 4 Literacy Mock/Practice

Friday, February 3, 2017

Arrangements will be made in each region for the facilitation of table marking sessions for the marking of the writing Task. These details will be communicated to schools through their Regional Offices.

Final reports are to be submitted to the respective Regional Coordinators within one week of completing the table marking exercise.

Mathematics/Numeracy

Upon the successful administration of the GSAT and Grade 4 NUMERACY Mock/ Practice Tests, your school will be required to prepare students’ responses for scoring and analysis. To do this, you will be asked to use templates attached to this bulletin to enter each student’s response to each item on the test. Teachers are NOT TO SCORE STUDENTS’ SCRIPTS.

The populated spreadsheets are to be submitted VIA EMAIL to the respective Mathematics Regional Coordinators by the following deadlines: –

Grade 6 – Thursday, January 26, 2017 Grade 4 – Friday, February 3, 2017

The email addresses for each region noted below are to be used for submission.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR

EMAIL ADDRESS

REGION

1

Davion Leslie

mathmockregion1@moey.gov.jm

2

Shauna – Gay Young

mathmockregion 2@moey.gov.jm

3

Horace Donaldson

mathmockregion3@moey.gov.jm

4

Warren Brown

mathmockregion4@moey.gov.jm

5

Tahjna Pryce

mathmockregion5@moey.gov.jm

6

Pauline Thames – Baker

mathmockregion6@moey.gov.jm

Bridget Shaw

Grace McLean, PhD

Chief Education Officer

————————————–December 07, 2016———————————————

2 – 4 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4, Jamaica, Tel: 922-1400, e-mail: grace.mclean@moey.gov.jm

Science and Social Studies

Principals will be required to ensure that Mock/Practice Examination papers for the GSAT Science and Social Studies are marked by their teachers using the Answer Keys which will be provided. Results are to be submitted to the Core Curriculum Unit through the Regional Offices by Friday, January 26, 2017

Kindly take that the rubric for each subject will be available from the Regional Office and we encourage our school administrators to make every effort to follow the details outlined in this bulletin and but things in place to ensure that you meet the deadlines stated.

If there is need for further information, please contact your Regional Office.

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