Students start to prep for numeracy, literacy assessments

Noah Breakspear / Staff reporter

As the first semester comes to an end, grade 10 and some grade 11 students are starting to prepare for the literacy numeracy assessments to be taken during the break between semesters.

Grade 10s must take the test on January 20, 2020 and grade 11s have it the following day on January 21, 2020. Grade 10s are also required to take the literacy assessment on January 22, 2020. The exam results do not affect student’s grades but does get recorded on transcripts.

As both assessments are compulsory and graduation requirements, they are generally taken in grade 10 with the exam covering concepts learned between kindergarten and grade 10.

However, with the recent changes in the curriculum, grade 11s must also take the exam in January as a majority have not yet written the assessment.

During the 2018-2019 school year, the exam was taken in grade 11 meaning students born in 2003 are completely missing a requirement to graduate. Furthermore, the curricular changes have also affected grade 12s students, who for the first time in over 25 years do not have to write an English 12 provincial exam, which was discontinued this year. It is meant to be replaced with a literacy 12 assessment, yet the provincial ministry of education was unable to have it ready for use this year. as there the English 12 provincial exam or literacy assessments.

Sarah Fong, a grade 11 student, states how it is difficult for some students to prepare for the exam without any information about the test itself. “I find it challenging that as grade elevens, we’re expected to know the material without getting any extra study time or information about what’s on the assessment” states Fong, referencing to the special CL grade 10 students received to review the numeracy assessment.