- April 1, 2019
In February, our students participated in the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT4) through the Canadian Test Centre. Modeled to fit Canadian curricula, the CAT4 is a testing system that assesses the essential learning outcomes of the following basic skill areas: reading, language, spelling, and mathematics. As well as being a tracker of learning abilities, the CAT4 also evaluates how well students perform in comparison to other students across the district, region, or in Canada as a whole.
UMS’ test results have come back and once again, UMS has performed above the 90th percentile rank throughout all the grades in almost every category. On the next page we have included a grade by grade analysis of the CAT4 results. As you can see, UMS outperformed the Canadian norm by one to two grade levels in every grade and category.
While scores are well above grade level norms, we are always looking for ways to improve programming and deepen our understanding of the strengths and needs of our students. Although we are very pleased and proud of our students for these excellent results, we will review the results and look to past years for any trends that require our attention. With these results we can now allow teachers to understand the student population better and develop curriculum that meets the specific needs in each grade level. Our goal is always to maintain this high level of academic excellence and to achieve a grade above the normal Canadian standard.
We are continuing to include the results of the Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA), CASI Reading Assessment, and Canadian Achievement Test in the student profile on Edsby. Parents will be able to view these interactive reports as a part of Edsby live marks to understand how their child compares to their peers as well as other Canadian children throughout the country. We would like to congratulate all students and staff on the incredible results.