Basseterre: St. Kitts, Wednesday, June 08, 2022: The Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) rolled out the pilot phase of its Key-stage Assessment of Learning (KAL) on Tuesday, June 07. Students across grades 4 and 6 at primary schools in St. Kitts and Nevis participated in the Language Arts assessment.
Director of CDU Mrs. Amanda Edmead stated that the administration of the assessment will enable educators to determine the degree of learning loss experienced by students during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to close the gaps.
“The KAL is very important in determining the level at which students are in their learning as we have not had a national assessment for the last two years due to COVID. This year’s assessment and its design will give us [CDU] very, very important information that will guide us in how we need to instruct our students”.
Addressing the issue of teacher/student preparation, Mrs. Edmead expressed
“The teachers in the primary schools have been working with the students to develop their portfolios and have also conducted their language Arts writing piece and their Mathematics performance tasks.”
Mrs. Edmead further stated that the Language Arts Assessment will span the course of three days; Tuesday, June 07 to Thursday, June 09.
“Today we started the written component of the assessment with a Language Arts reading passage, day one. There are three days, today, tomorrow and Thursday where the students will engage in reading comprehension based on different genres.”
The KAL piloting phase is slated to end on Tuesday, June 14.
“Next week Tuesday, June 14, they will start the written component for the Mathematics assessment and that will conclude our pilot of KAL after which we will be scoring and preparing reports for schools, for teachers, for our senior leadership and the general public,” stated Mrs. Edmead.