KNEC assessment guidelines for Grade 1,2,3,4 and Class 5,6,7,8 after reopening

KNEC assessment guidelines for Grade 1,2,3,4 and Class 5,6,7,8 after reopening

To: All Head teachers


Subsequent to the closure of all learning institutions on March 15,  2020  1 mitigate the spread of COVID-19 whose first case in Kenya was reported on 3rd March, 2020, the Ministry of Education (MoE) developed the Kenya Basic Education COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan, 2020, to mitigate the  impact of the pandemic on learning.

To support the  government’s efforts in mitigating  the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the basic education sector, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) allocated the Government of Kenya (Go) a grant from the GPE COVID-19  accelerated funding window.

The grant is designed to capacitate Kenya, as well as other governments benefiting from it, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their education systems and help recovery.

 One of the key areas identified  for support in Kenya is learning  assessment.

The Project (GPE) is supporting KNEC, through the National Assessment Centre, to conduct school-based learning assessments in all primary schools (Grade 1 to Standard 8).

The overarching aim of the assessments is to inform on possible learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic period  and suggest interventions to be put in place to address the learning gaps.

The learning  assessments seek to achieve the following strategic objectives:

i. Provide  baseline on which interventions towards improved learning outcomes during the post COVID-19 pandemic period can be hinged;

ii. Identify strengths and weaknesses in learner acquisition of specific subject content and skills with a view to providing focused interventions;

iii. Provide reliable and valid data to inform policy-making processes;

iv. Provide teachers with standardized assessment tools from which to benchmark as they develop future assessments; and

v. Enhance teachers’ capacity in developing valid, reliable  and efficient learning assessments at school level.

It is hoped that the assessments will act as end of Term 1, 2020, assessments/ tests in the targeted subjects/learning areas as, by the  closure of learning institutions, majority of schools may not have conducted the end of term assessments.

The scope  of the assessment will be as follows:

i. Standard 7 and 8 will be assessed in all the KCPE subjects.

ii. Standard 5 and  6 will be assessed in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics and Science.

iii. Grade 4 will   be assessed in Englih, Kiswahili, Mathematics and Environmental Activities and Science and Technology (Note that this will be a combined paper, paper assessing all strands from Environmental Activities – Grade 1 to 3, and Science and Technology Grade 4 Term 1)

iii. Grades 1 to 3 will  be assessed in Fundamental Literacy and Numeracy

(English Activities, Kiswahili Activities and Mathematics Activities).

iv. For all  subjects / learning areas, assessment items will be drawn from previous classes/grades and Term 1 of the current class/grade.

For instance, Class 8 will be assessed from Class 1 to 7, and Term 1 of Class 8

The administration of the assessments will be greatly informed by the Monitoring Learner Progress (MLP) assessment administered at Grade 3 in 2019.

The assessments will be administered at school level as per the guidelines   and  assessment schedules provided by KNEC, and following regulations  upon which administration of assessments/tets is anchored.

Teachers will  score and upload the scores onto the KNEC portal using guidelines provided by KNEC.   

The guidelines are contained in the administrative documents which will be uploaded onto the assessment portal alongside the assessment tools.

Class 8 and Grade 4  assessments will be administered from 19th to 23rd October, 2020.  

Assessments for other classes will be conducted upon reopening of specific classes.

The purpose  of this communication, therefore, is to inform you cf the assessments  and request that your school makes appropriate  preparations for the assessments.

Please note that the reliability and integrity of the outcome of these assessments rests  upon the Headteachers  and teachers.  

You are, therefore, called upon to ensure that learners are provided  with a natural  environment  in order to guard against extraneous variables that could affect their performance.

Dr.  Mercy Karogo, MBS



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