Do you know about Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA), which will replace the variations of primary exit examinations, commonly known as common entrance in the region? What do think about this change?
Thank you for your insightful and forthright comments Martin... we deeply appreciate them and i assure you that we are prepared to be in a learning mode to get this right. The establishment of this portal is one indication of our commitment to ensuring that we pull on the collective wisdom of teachers, parents and other stakeholders in shaping the final program.
Like you pointed out, the stakes are VERY high and we cannot afford to fall short. We would be grateful for concrete, specific feedback from you as we post up successive iterations of this program. Note that we are referring to it as program rather than an exam because this new assessment will not be a simple replacement of national exams with a regional one - it will require a fundamental shift in how we develop core competencies in our primary level children to ensure future success at secondary level and beyond.
Didacus Jules - Registrar
In Grenada all schools will be sitting the CPEA, both private and public. The Ministry of Education invited parents, students, school administrators and teachers to attend these consultations. Find out from your Ministry of Education if your country will be participating in the examination.
The CPEA will assess a core set of literacies of students across the region. These literacies are the key set of knowledge and skills and abilities that students need to function at the next level of the education system as well as in life. The CPEA will level the playing field of pupils in the region as they will be assessed using a common measure and will be provided similar opportunites to do well. There are no syllabuses for the CPEA. Individual territories will continue to use their primary school curriculum.
We understand your concerns and we appreciate your contribution to this exciting new approach to assessment at primary school. We do strongly believe in the principles of CPEA and that focusing on the literacies enhance the preparation of our students for the next level of their education.
We have provided guidelines and resources on our website to facilitate the approach that the CPEA programme recommends (http://www.cxc.org/node/7513). We are also working to create a primary portal on the Notesmaster interactive learning website (www.notesmaster.com) which will allow primary teachers to share resources and material, and access open source content that can be used to make the classroom interactions more dynamic
We will be back in Grenada in a few weeks from now evaluate the progress of the programme and to engage in discussions with teachers involved in its implementation. We certainly hope that we can meet to address your concerns.
Thanks for your honest feedback.
I'm a concern parent in Dominica. I'm interesting in finding out what are the criterias and what should my child know or prepare herself for next year exam. She's in grade 5 now. How soon will information be given? My child is a little slow so I want to be able to prepare her starting summer on things she must know.
Hi, CXC’s best advice is to follow the syllabus closely, for further information please consult with your daughter's teacher for guidance as she goes through the process of preparing for examinations.
In addition, you may need to purchase resource materials for your daughter to practice on, see link: http://www.ianrandlepublishers.com/cxc or contact the local bookstores
Thank you for your feedback.
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