Elementary Literacy Assessment

The Elementary Literacy Assessment (ELA) measures how well students are able to perform specific literacy skills at a key stage of learning.  Students in French Immersion are assessed at the end of Grade 5; students in English programs are assessed at the end of Grade 6.

You can review detailed guidelines and policies in the Elementary Literacy Assessment Administration Guide.

What skills are measured in the elementary literacy assessment?

The assessment will measure reading comprehension (fiction and non-fiction) and writing skills to ensure your child is reading well before moving on to the intermediate grades. The following reading samples and writing rubric may more clearly describe the skills being measured.

ELA English program samples:

Running the Hills
Robot on the Ice

Answer key for above reading samples
Writing Rubric (Personal Expressive)
Writing Rubric (Transactional)

ELA French Immersion program samples:

Jeux Olympiques
Les vacances de Rodolphe
Writing Rubric

How long does it take to write the elementary literacy assessment?

The ELA is administered in the classroom over two 2-day periods in May.  Each day the assessment has one or two activities which require about 1 hour for each.

How can my child prepare for the elementary literacy assessment?

The best preparation for any assessment is arriving at school well rested and ready to participate. While no special study is required for this assessment, you are encouraged to talk to the teacher about how well your child is reading and writing and about how you can support your child’s literacy at home.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact your child's teacher directly, or
Achievement and Accountability
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre
250 Water St., Suite 101
Summerside, PE  C1N 1B6
Tel: (902) 438-4887
Fax: (902) 438-4889
Email: lrunderhill@gov.pe.ca

Published date: 
September 10, 2015