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KNEC Gives Guidelines on Grade 4 Formative Assessment

SUBJECT: GUIDELINES ON FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE GRADE 4 LEARNERS AND LEARNERS AT THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OF THE STAGE BASED CURRICULUM

1.0. As recommended in the report of the Taskforce on ‘Enhancing Access, Relevance, Transition, Equity and Quality for Effective Curriculum Reforms Implementation which was released by H.E. the President of the Republic of Kenya on 9th February 2021, formative assessments for Grades 4, 5 and 6 are expected to account for 60% of the National Assessment at the end of Grade 6. Learners at the Intermediate Level of the stage-based curriculum pathway will also be assessed to track learners’ progress and inform the transition to pre-vacation level.

2.0. In this regard, schools are expected to submit assessment outcomes of learners who are currently in Grade 4 to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), which will contribute to 20% of the final Grade 6 assessment.

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3.0 To guide the process, KNEC will be uploading the 2020 Grade 4 Age-Based and Intermediate Level Stage Based assessment tools by 7th March 2021 for schools to access and use. The tools will cover the following subjects:

  • Age-Based Curriculum (Regular) Pathway: 
  • Mathematics;
  • Social Studies; 
  • English;
  • Christian Religious Education (CRE); 
  • Kiswahili;
  • Islamic Religious Education (IRE); 
  • Kenyan Sign Language; 
  • Hindu Religious Education (HRE); 
  • Science and Technology; 
  • Home Science; and 
  • Agriculture;
  • Physical and Health Education. 
  • Music; 
  • Art and Craft;
  • Stage Based Curriculum Pathway:
  • Communication, Social and Literacy Skills; 
  • Daily Living Skills and Religious Education; 
  • Numeracy Activities; 
  • Creative Activities; 
  • Environmental Activities; 
  • Psychomotor Activities; and 
  • Sensory Motor Integration.

4.0 The 2020 Grade 4 learners will not be assessed in Indigenous and foreign languages awaiting guidelines on the implementation of the same.

5.0 Schools are therefore expected to download and administer the assessment tools; score; and upload the Grade 4 learners’ assessment scores on the KNEC Competency-Based Assessment portal (cba.knec.ac.ke) between Stand 19th March 2021.

6.0 The materials required for performing the assessment tasks should be improvised as much as possible within the immediate school environment.

7.0 Schools will not be expected to upload learners’ biodata afresh since this data was uploaded during the administration of the Grade 3 MLP assessment. Schools will however be allowed to edit the following details for learners if the need arises: 

  1. Name of the learner; 
  2. The correct order of name; 
  3. Gender of the learner; 
  4. Birth Certificate Number; 
  5. Date of birth of the learner; 
  6. Nationality/Citizenship of the learner; 
  7. Type of Special Needs and Disability; 
  8. Pathway (Age-Based or Stage Based).

8.0 In case of any other amendments such as deletion/transfer cases, new enrolments or any other amendment on the existing learners’ details apart from the ones listed above, the school will be expected to contact the Sub County Director of Education (SCDE) or KNEC. The SCDEs shall be given rights to access the Grade Four Portal and effect transfer(s), add new learners, delete or effect amendments of learner’s biodata.

9.0 KNEC will issue each learner in the database with an assessment number (Unique Identifier Number) automatically generated by the KNEC ICT system. This number will be used to identify the learner during future assessments, Schools will be expected to inform parents and learners of their Assessment numbers, which shall be used throughout their basic education cycle for KNEC assessments.

10.0 To access the assessment portal, head-teachers are expected to:

  • Visit the KNEC website and click on the link.CBA.knec.ac.ke’. 
  • Log in using the KNEC School Code as the Username and the Password used during MLP Grade 3 registration and click ‘grade four’.

11.0 Head-teachers are requested to keep all records generated from the assessment as evidence for use in quality assurance.

12.0 It should be noted that for the 2020 Grade 4 cohort, School-Based Assessment (SBA) will constitute 20% of the Formative Assessment. However, going forward, from the 2021 Grade 4 cohort:

  • Teachers will develop and administer Classroom Assessment (CA) and keep a progress record of the learner’s performance in all subjects. Teachers will then upload the CA scores on the KNEC portal as shall be guided. This will account for 10%. KNEC is ISO 9001:2015 Certified
  • KNEC will develop SBA tools and upload them online for teachers to use. Schools will download, administer and score the SBA tools. Teachers will then upload the SBA scores on the KNEC portal as shall be guided. This will account for 10%. Grade 4 Formative Assessment (20%) will comprise CA (10%) and SBA (10%)

Dr. Mercy G. Karogo, MBS Ag. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, KNEC

Cc:

1. The Principal Secretary, State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, MoE 

2. The Chief Executive Officer, Teachers Service Commission 

3. The Director, Primary Education, State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, MoE 

4. All-County Directors of Education, MoE 

5. All TSC County Directors, Teachers Service Commission 

6. All TSC Sub-County Directors, Teachers Service Commission 

7. Chairperson, Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) 

8. CEO, Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA)

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