The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is this week holding consultations with stakeholders ahead of the implementation of a pilot programme in Dominican primary schools; the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).
Over a three-day period, Maureen Grazette and Alsian Brown-Perry, Curriculum Development officers at CXC, will discuss with education officials, principals, teachers, parents and students, the implications of the CPEA at the Public Service Union Building on Valley Road.
The CPEA responds to calls from regional heads for a regional primary exit examination that assesses key areas of literacy common to all primary curricula including language, mathematics, civics and science.
“This assessment programme that we have developed focuses a lot on formative assessment. This is different for the very reason that it focuses on formative assessment and it allows for many more areas of students’ learning to be assessed.
“Students will be given credits in a continuous way instead of the one shot process that exists with the current assessment practices in schools,” Grazette said.
According to CXC, the CPEA will assist with “the quality measures in the education system and offer a common measure across schools and countries in the region.”
CXC says the new exam will also promote feedback to pupils which will improve learning and encourage greater parental participation in the education of their children. The CPEA is also aimed at helping students achieve at higher levels of education by setting foundations for a seamless transition to secondary education.
“There is a recognition that sometimes students go on to that second level of education without the necessary pre-requisites in order to do well.
“So one of the essential ingredients in this programme is the identification of the core literacies that students must have in order to cope with the core programmes for the secondary level exams,” Grazette said.
Under the CPEA, teachers will not be required to teach a new curriculum but will follow the curriculum that is already in use in Dominican schools. The CPEA will, therefore, be based on the literacies that are common in the various curricula across the region.