CXC’s visit deems students ready for CPEA in May


Friday, March 7, 2014 1:40 PM - St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, March 7, 2014:
Officials from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) visited Grenada this week to review the progress of teachers, and students, in the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) preparation.

The specific area of review was the internal, or school-based, component of the CPEA where teachers assist students in preparing a portfolio of work to be assessed.

Assistant Registrar at CXC, Maureen Grazette, expressed satisfaction with the standard and progress of the projects completed by the schools thus far.

“Generally schools are well on track in terms of their completion. There is a mission date by which all these assessment tasks are to be completed and the majority of schools are well on track to meet those deadline dates. Obviously some schools are more advanced than others but all the schools seem ready to meet the deadline date,” Ms. Grazette said.

The chance to visit with the teachers that prepare the school-based assessments and see samples of actual student projects is beneficial to both CXC and the schools.

“Besides monitoring the standard of the assessment we were also able to have the opportunity to clarify, discuss or give teachers feedback to ensure that the final outputs are at the level which we would want and which [the teachers] want to achieve,” Ms. Grazette said.

Rodgen Belfon, a teacher at the St. Mary’s Junior School, benefited from the officals’ visit as their comments helped him to identify areas for improvement.

“The visit from CXC helped me as a teacher to see the strengths and weaknesses of my approach to the CPEA. Now I can go back into the classroom and make adjustments for the betterment of the students in my school,” Mr. Belfon said.

Acting Deputy Chief Education Officer with responsibility for the Examinations Unit, Michelle Peters, was also satisfied with the work exhibited by the teachers during the review process.

“The teachers are really doing what is expected. They know what the CPEA is about, this is their third year into the CPEA, and they are really bringing out what is expected from the children,” Ms. Peters said.

“Students are going well; they are in the fields, they are engaged in their activities. If you look at the book reports, some of them are reading several books and they are able to write reports on it. We also have creativity coming out of it in the form of poems and posters.”

The CPEA is comprised of two main components, an internal component; which is prepared within the schools, and an external component; which is prepared, administered and assessed by CXC.

The exam, held in May of every year, was introduced to Grenada three years ago; replacing the Common Entrance Examination.


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