Oct
16
2018

Public asked to complete survey on student assessments 

Islanders can help shape the future of how our public school students’ academic performance is assessed.

A public survey is being conducted as part of an external review of the provincial government’s student assessment program. The online survey is now open until November 2 in English at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rmjassessmentEN and in French at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rmjassessmentFR.

“Student assessments provide us with useful data to improve teaching and learning,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown said. “We appreciate the perspective of our partners and the public as we take a close look at our program and determine if and where improvements could be made, and how we can help every student get the most out of their education on Prince Edward Island.”

The current provincial assessments have been in place for 10 years. An external panel of experts will conduct the review to ensure the assessment program stays current with best practices and reflects the overall needs of Island learners.

RMJ Assessment was selected to conduct the review following an RFP process. The RMJ team is  conducting stakeholder interviews and focus groups with students, parents, teachers and principals. They are also conducting research, a jurisdictional scan, and document analysis.
Written submissions can be sent electronically to richard.jones@rmjassessment.com  or by mail to 39 Lisa Crescent, Richmond Hill, ON, L4B 3A5.

Media contact:
Jean Doherty
Education, Early Learning and Culture
902 314 5702  
jmdoherty@gov.pe.ca

Backgrounder:

Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Common Assessment Program assesses students at key stages of learning:
•    Primary literacy and mathematics at the end of Grade 3
•    Elementary literacy and mathematics at the end of Grade 6 (FI Literacy at the end of Grade 5)
•    Intermediate mathematics at the end of Grade 9
•    Secondary mathematics at the end of Grade 11 (January and June semesters)  

The purpose of the Provincial Assessment Program is to: 
•    provide information to students, parents, guardians, educators, the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, and other stakeholders -- including the general public -- about how the province’s students are performing in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of key stages of learning; and
•    provide schools, school boards and the department with information to help improve teaching, select resources, direct professional learning and develop new programs.

PEI also participates in PCAP and PISA to monitor student performance on the national and international stage.

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