Foundational Skills Assessment


Posted by pepp | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 14, 2014

Although we have only been back for a few weeks, it seems that everything is back to a regular pattern.  For Grade 4 students, there will be a new adventure.  They will be participating in the Foundational Skills Assessment as required by the BC Ministry of Education.  The Ministry of Education requires provincial assessment in grades 4 and 7.  As well, in grades 10 to 12, there are provincial exams for varied subjects in each grade.
During the next few weeks, students in grade 4 will be practicing skills on how to take the assessment.  Part of the assessment is on the computer; another part is written in booklets.  The students will have practice in both areas. 
The actual assessment will take place from February 4th to 21st.  In total, it will take about 4.5 hours and the assessment is spread out during those school days.   For greatest success, your child should have a good night’s rest, eat a good breakfast, and be provided with a healthy snack and lunch during the school hours. 
Please note that the results of the assessment are not used in formulating grades for your child’s report card.  However, teachers may use the practice assignments for some of the grading for term 2 because it applies directly to their goals for literacy and mathematics. 
Later this year, you will receive the results of your child’s achievement.  These are not definitive scores but reflect whether your child is Not Meeting Expectations, Meeting Expectations or Exceeding Expectations.  These should be similar to your child’s report card marks.  Most students are within the “Meeting Expectations” category if their report card marks are within the C or B range. 
If you require more information about your child’s participation in the Foundational Skills Assessment, please feel free to contact me directly.  You may also explore the BC Ministry of Education website at  and .
Mrs. D. Neufeld
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