Education and Early Childhood Development
November 15, 2019

New Provincial Reading and Mathematics Assessment to Begin Next Spring

Guided by the Education Action Plan, a Provincial Reading and Mathematics Assessment (PRMA) for grades three, six and nine students will begin in May 2020. The Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes, Now is the Time, identified a need for a new provincial assessment of curriculum outcomes in reading and mathematics curricula to better align with national and international assessments.

There is no student preparation required for PRMA. The assessment will take place each May and June, with reading and mathematics administered in alternating years, measuring student knowledge in mathematics or reading at a particular point in time.

PRMA data will be monitored and analyzed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the school districts to identify where action is needed to improve student learning. To learn more about PRMA, visit www.gov.nl.ca/eecd/k12/prma/

Budget 2019 allocated $13 million, an increase of $6 million from last year, to continue implementation of the Education Action Plan recommendations and support better outcomes for students.

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“By implementing the recommendations included in the Premier’s Task Force Report, we are bringing a positive change to the education system. Teachers, administrators, school districts and the department will use this data to develop strategies and initiatives to support and further enhance student learning. The results will help inform research and policy development and help us to be more responsive to and accountable for student performance.”
Honourable Brian Warr
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

Nouvelle Évaluation provinciale en lecture et en mathématiques à compter du printemps prochain

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Provincial Reading and Mathematics Assessment 

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Tina Coffey
Education and Early Childhood Development
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tcoffey@gov.nl.ca

2019 11 15                              10:55 a.m.