Results of 2012 Foundational Skills Assessment for B.C.

An annual assessment of student achievement in reading, writing and numeracy

More than two-thirds of Grade 4 and Grade 7 students met or exceeded expectations in this year’s Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA).

FSA is an annual assessment of student achievement in the foundation skills of reading, writing and numeracy. The purpose of FSA is to help the Ministry of Education, school districts and parents evaluate student achievement in these core skills and to plan for improvement. FSA is one of many measures used to assess student achievement and supplements other information gathered in classrooms during the year.

With limited exceptions, all Grade 4 and Grade 7 students are expected to participate in FSA. Approximately 75,000, or 84 per cent of students, wrote the assessment in 2012. This overall participation rate has remained constant since 2009.

FSA was designed and developed by B.C. educators and based on the B.C. curriculum.   It measures student achievement in the foundation skills of reading, writing and numeracy.

The percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations in 2012 are as follows:

• Grade 4 reading: 70 per cent (up one per cent over 2011)

• Grade 4 writing: 72 per cent (down one per cent over 2011)

• Grade 4 numeracy: 68 per cent (up one per cent over 2011)

• Grade 7 reading: 64 per cent (down two per cent over 2011)

• Grade 7 writing: 71 per cent (down one per cent over 2011)

• Grade 7 numeracy: 60 per cent (down two per cent over 2011)

Provincial, district and school FSA 2012 results are available on the Ministry of Education website: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/