The Primary School Initiative (psi) aims to broaden the awareness of the importance of good teaching and assessment practices at the primary school level. Started in 2015, there are currently 158 psi schools in Southern Africa. (Click here for the list)
An IEB psi primary school identifies itself as a South African school with its learning rooted in CAPS, while firmly maintaining global standards. It has a commitment to valid, authentic assessment and wants to build a strong relationship with the IEB through participation in IEB assessments and workshops. A psi school is committed to producing a learner who is future ready.
psi offers primary schools a variety of benchmarking opportunities. These provide rich feedback to teachers and can be used to identify the conceptual and learning weaknesses of individual learners as well as areas of weaknesses that are common across the class, phase or school. This data can then be used in planning further professional development.
The Grade 6 Core Skills Test was developed to determine whether Grade 6 learners, at the end of the Intermediate Phase of schooling, have attained sufficient academic cognitive proficiency to engage with the demands of the following years.
MATCH (Measuring Abilities and Competencies for High School) is a benchmarking opportunity which provides to provide primary schools with an independent assessment of their Grade7 learners’ preparedness for high school in terms of both academic proficiency and the necessary skills base needed for continued success at high school.
In association with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the IEB offers schools the opportunity to write international benchmarking tests in English and Mathematics from Grade 3 to Grade 10 and in Science from Grades 3 to 10.
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