CPEA is described as a modified and enhanced version of the Common Entrance exams and is already being used in Grenada to select students for entry into secondary schools.
Dr Gordon Harewood, senior assistant registrar, Examinations Development and Production Division, said regional governments requested that CXC put the CPEA together pointing out that it is more comprehensive and more complete than the exams currently being used.
Anguilla will be joining Dominica in piloting the CPEA in selected schools.
CXC officials say the CPEA will assist with “the quality measures in the education system and offer a common measure across schools and countries in the region” and is expected to create a seamless entrance into secondary school.
In January CXC officials met with local stakeholders including Ministry of Education officials, principals, teachers and parents to discuss the implication of the CPEA.
CPEA comprises two components and will analyze the students’ literacy in four key areas: English, Math, Science and Social Sciences or Civics, over a two year period.
One component is an internal evaluation where students are expected to complete an assessment within the classroom via projects, portfolios to prepare or tasks to perform.
The other component will be an exam prepared by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) for the students and they will be tested in the four literacy areas.
Officials say this exam will be conducted similar to the common entrance examination, in which a duration of about one hour and 30 minutes will be allocated for completion of the test in each literacy area.
The pilot programme is expected to begin in May.