May 19, 2006
Reading Assessment for Grade 6 students concludes


The Ministry of Education has advised that the administration of the Reading Assessment for students in Grade 6 in primary schools throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines began on Wednesday, May 3, and will conclude today on Friday, May 19.

The Reading Assessment, the results of which will be made available to all secondary schools in order to facilitate instructional planning, is designed to ascertain the reading levels of Grade 6 students, with a view to planning instruction for them when they enter first forms in secondary schools in September of this year.{{more}}

The Ministry of Education further advised that a meeting will be held in June with principals of primary schools to discuss, among other things, the results of the Common Entrance Examination, along with strategies for better performance among students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. They also announced that a bridging programme will be conducted in July to assist Grade 6 students who are reading below the level of Grade 4.

Teachers will participate in a 2 week training session to plan for the bridging programme.

In addition, during the academic year 2006/07, data will be collected from teachers, parents and students to determine the effectiveness of the bridging programmes of 2005 and 2006.