Students from five Dominican primary schools last week sat the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) to mark the end of a pilot programme which began in 2011.
Dominica will now assess the CPEA programme to determine if it will replace the Grade Six National Assessment.
One hundred and seventy candidates wrote the exams. The Roosevelt Douglas Primary School fielded 44 candidates, Massacre Primary School- 43, St. Luke’s Primary School- 36, Castle Bruce Primary School- 24 and Tete Morne Primary School- 23.
The three subject areas tested, Mathematics, Language and Science, were presented in the multiple choice format. The exams were administered under CSEC conditions by trained CSEC supervisors.
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.
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.
Under the CPEA, teachers would not be required to teach a new curriculum but would follow the curriculum that is already in use in Dominican schools. The CPEA would, therefore, be based on the literacies that are common in the various curricula across the region.
So far, Grenada and Anguilla have opted for the CPEA as the official exit exam for primary schools. (Ends)