Task: You have been selected by the Ministry of Education to be a part of a team to develop a readiness
test for grade one.
- List four skills you would consider appropriate for this assessment and state why?
- For three of the skills listed describe two activities that can be administered to determine
learner’s level of competence.
Date: April 5, 2009
Tutor: Mrs. B Edwards
Readiness to learn is a concept that can be applied to a wide variety of contexts. School readiness can be defined as being able to manage the demands required at school such as sitting quietly and listening to the teacher and being able to assimilate the school curriculum. According to the word web dictionary, readiness is the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action; prompt willingness; being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way; a natural effortlessness. Applying this definition to a school setting simply means a child is made ready or prepared to meet the demands required at school. In order for a child to move from one grade to the next, and for this transfer to be a smooth one, there are certain concepts a child must master. To find out how much of the prerequisites a child has mastered before being promoted to a grade, a “readiness test” is given.
Readiness for a grade one student would therefore mean they can effortlessly manipulate certain objects and are prepared to respond and act appropriately to certain prompts and instructions.
In developing a readiness test for grade one students, I would focus on the following skills for assessment. Motor skills, auditory discrimination, visual discrimination, and number and letter knowledge. These skills are important prerequisites for grade one students because without them, they will not be able to function effectively in the...