2022 National Standardised Test to be administered one on one using tablets

Students writing 2021 National Standardised Test
Students writing 2021 National Standardised Test

2022 National Standardised Test to be administered one on one using tablets

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) in collaboration with Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ministry of Education (MoE) have disclosed that, the 2022 National Standardised Test will be administered one on one using tablets.

Test Item Format for Primary 2

According to NaCCA, GES and MoE, the item format for primary two (2) learners/pupils are not Multiple Choice Items.

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The test items are sub-tasks that assess foundational skills of the learners across the country.

NaCCA indicated that, the 2022 National Standardised Test will be administered one on one using tablets for primary two (2) pupils.

Test Item Format for Primary 4

The National Standardized Test for primary four (4) pupils/learners are Multiple Choice Items.

The duration is 1 hr 15 minutes per paper.

The test to be administered on the 15th December, 2022 across the country.

NaCCA again explained that, the test item for primary four (4) pupils will be administered in each school (Private and Public Primary Schools).

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Scope of National Standardised Test Content 

PRIMARY 2 NATIONAL STANDARDIZED TEST FOCUSES ON KEY FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS IN LITERACY AND NUMERACY

SUB-TASKS DESCRIPTION
Number identification. The learner is presented with a series of numbers and asked to say
what the numbers are.
Addition and subtraction level 1 (one-digit addition and one-digit subtraction). The learner is presented with a series of simple addition and subtraction problems and asked to solve them.
Quantity discrimination. Learners are presented with two numbers and asked to choose the bigger one.
Missing number identification. Learners are presented with a series of numbers, with one number missing, and asked what number should be there.
Addition and subtraction level 2 (two-digit addition and two-digit subtraction). The learner is presented with a series of more challenging addition and subtraction problems and asked to solve them.
Word problems solving. Learners listen to simple addition and/or subtraction story problem
and are asked to solve it.

 

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PRIMARY 2 NATIONAL STANDARDIZED TEST FOCUSES ON KEY FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS IN LITERACY AND NUMERACY

SUB-TASKS SKILLS
Phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness of word-initial sounds.
Letter sound identification. Letter-sound knowledge.
Familiar word identification. Word decoding and recognition.
Reading comprehension (from silent reading). Comprehension.
Oral passage reading fluency. Word decoding and recognition in connected text.
Word writing. Letter-sound knowledge, letter formation, and
word encoding.
Creative writing/sentence formation. Creative writing/sentence formation
(vocabulary and grammar).

 

Primary Four (4) Test Overview – Mathematics and English Language

STRANDS (AREAS) WEIGHTING (%)
Oral Language 8
Reading 13
Grammar usage at word and phrase levels 11
Writing 3
TOTAL 35

 

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STRANDS (AREAS) WEIGHTING (%)
Number 6
Algebra 12
Geometry and Trigonometry 10
Data 7
TOTAL 35

 

Mathematics Test Overview

1. Mathematics test is administered as the first test of the day for Primary 4.

2. Scannable Answer sheets will be used.

3. Each Students will be assigned a 4-digit Index Number beginning with 2 for Primary 2 and 4 for Primary 4.

4. Learners will use their test booklets to work out mathematical problems (no additional paper will be given).

5. Test Administrators will read the instructions and an example test item to the learners.

6. Test Administrators do not read any test items from the test booklet itself – only
from their TA script.

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English Listening Comprehension Test Overview

1. English Listening Comprehension is administered after the 30 minute break and is first of the English tests given.

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2. For the Listening Comprehension, Test Administrators will:

– Read the instructions.

– Read an example test item and answer options aloud.

– Not read answer options during the actual test.

All parts of the English test (Listening Comprehension, Grammar, Reading and writing) are in one test booklet.

English Grammar Test Overview

1. Test Administrators will read only the instructions and an example test item to the learners.

2. Test Administrators do not read the test items to the learners aloud.

3. For the English Grammar, reading and writing test, learners will begin directly after the Listening Comprehension part of the test concludes.

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What does National Standardised Test do?

1. The National Standardised Test seeks to answer the following questions:

2. How well are learners learning with reference to curriculum standards?

3. Are learners achieving a minimum competency or proficiency in English language and Mathematics?

4. How are learners performing in English language and Mathematics as a whole on a national basis?

5. Does evidence indicate particular strengths and weaknesses in learners’ knowledge and skills?

6. Do particular subgroups in the population perform poorly?

7. What factors are associated with learners’ achievement?

8. Are the national education standards being met in the provision of resources (for example, textbooks, qualified teachers and other quality inputs)?

Why National Standardized Test? 

1. Generate data at the national level on how well learners are meeting the expectations of the curriculum.

2. Identify what the learning gaps are that need to be addressed.

3. Identify and analyse variations in learner achievement by region, gender, location and school type.

4. Provide information to aid resource allocation.

5. Provide information as to which schools and districts need specific interventions.

6. Make recommendations for policy makers to improve education quality.

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Why should students and schools not engage in examination malpractice in the NST?

1. The NST for Primary 2 and 4 are not high stake examinations.

2. The test is not meant to ‘witch hunt’ any teacher, school or district.

3. It is not for ranking schools and learners.

4. It is meant to find or identify learning challenges in schools.

5. Engaging in Malpractice to attain high will obviously inform stakeholders that your school does not have any learning difficulties hence, no support or intervention will be provide to your school

Will the NST replace Teacher Made Test?

1. No. The National Standardised Test is not meant to replace Teacher Made Test.

2. 10 parallel forms of the test with serial codes will be used for P4 National Standardised Test.

3. Each test form will be assigned serial codes with differing order
of questions.

4. This implies that each learner will have different order of questions.

5. The test shall be conducted at the same time under same condition.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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