Varied assessment approaches, methods and tools will be applied to assess learners at the JSS and Pre- Vocational level. Assessment tasks will be contextualized, by providing scenarios that allow learners to relate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired to solve real life situations. Choice of an approach and tool will be guided by the expected learning outcomes, individual needs of the learner among others.
Approaches and Methods of Assessment Applied in JSS
The approaches and methods to be applied in JSS and Pre- vocational assessment include but are not limited to:
- Project based assessment.
- Inquiry based assessment.
- Collaborative and cooperative assessment.
- Differentiated assessment.
- Computer based assessment.
- Authentic assessment.
Assessment Tools Used in JSS
The following assessment tools will be used at the JSS and the Pre-Vocational Level:
- Observation Schedule
- Rating Scale
(v) Assessment Rubric
- Project Method
- Oral and Aural Assessment/Signing and Observing
- Learner Profile
- Anecdotal Records
- Written Tests
JSS Registration of Learners and Assessment Centres
- KNEC SHALL administer assessment to bona fide learners who show evidence of having received instructions from an institution registered by the MoE.
- Heads of all JSSs SHALL ensure that learners from their institutions are registered and assigned an assessment number.
- JSS candidates MUST have taken KPSEA at Grade 6 while Pre-Vocational candidates MUST have taken KILEA at the Intermediate level
JSS Conduct of Assessment
In conducting the assessment, KNEC SHALL:
- Issue guidance in the form of circulars to heads of institutions and relevant stakeholders indicating the dates when specific assessments will be carried out.
- Present assessment tools in print or electronic format as MAY be determined from time to time.
- Provide details on the conduct of each assessment. (iv) Monitor and report on the conduct of assessment.
JSS Marking and Scoring
(i) Subject teachers SHALL score learners’ work for the formative assessment at the school level. (ii) KNEC SHALL organise and manage marking of the summative assessment at national level.
Reporting of Learners’ Achievements and Competencies In JSS
Both qualitative and quantitative approaches SHALL be adopted in reporting on learners’ performance.
- School-level reporting will entail feedback from teachers to individual learners, school administration and parents.
- National-level reporting will aim at informing policy decisions.
KNEC WILL adopt a four-level performance criteria for JSS. While in the Pre-Vocational level the highest performance rating will be Level 3. The performance levels SHALL be interpreted as follows:
- Exceeding Expectation (Level 4): This implies that a learner demonstrates exceptional achievement in terms of technical skills, originality, creativity and initiative. However, achievement at this level should not be taken to mean that the learner has performed beyond the specified learning outcomes in the curriculum design for the grade.
- Meeting Expectation (Level 3): This denotes that a learner satisfactorily demonstrates proficiency in most dimensions of the task performed in terms of technical skills, originality, creativity and initiative.
- Approaching Expectation (Level 2): This implies that a learner demonstrates proficiency with some errors in the task performed in terms of technical skills, originality, creativity and initiative; and,
- Below Expectation (Level 1): This indicates that the learner has difficulties in demonstrating proficiency in the task performed in terms of technical skills, originality, creativity, initiative and requires appropriate intervention. The learner gives limited information for tasks requiring multiple approaches, which is full of inaccuracies.
(v) Result Slips and Certificates: A candidate statement of provisional results issued immediately after results are announced, followed by an official attestation document.
Junior Secondary Reporting Tools
Types of Reporting Tools in Junior Secondary
The following tools WILL apply when reporting learner performance:
- Validated Assessment Tools. These includes observation schedules, checklist, written tests, assessment rubrics, portfolio, rating scales, questionnaires, journals, anecdotal records among others, will serve as reporting tools once validated to offer first-hand information on the learner’s acquisition of competencies.
- School Year Report . This will be issued at the end of Grades 7, 8 and 9 and annually to all the learners in the Pre-Vocational level. It will provide a complete and comprehensive qualitative and quantitative account of learner’s progress and achievement in all the learning areas during the year in the respective grades. The SYR will also contain information on learner’s acquisition of core competencies, core values, participation in pertinent and contemporary issues, and participation in co-curricular activities.
- Learner Transition Report (LTR). This will be issued to learners in the-based Pathway transiting to SSS as well as learners in the Stage-based Pathway transiting to the Vocational level.
(v) Result Slips and Certificates: A candidate statement of provisional