| Daniel Lim & Gladys Valdez Concepcion |
ELEVEN students of Chung Hwa Middle School, Bandar Seri Begawan were awarded high distinction, with seven winning gold during their participation in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in English Language in July. It was organised by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Global Pty Limited from Sydney, Australia.
Meanwhile, smiles and joy of relief were seen in the faces of students from Chung Hua Middle School, Kuala Belait who also scored impressive results in the same assessment programme, with one managing to score a high distinction, a merit only given to the top one per cent of the entrants.
In addition to the sole high distinction being awarded to the student, others received Distinctions (17), Credits (39) and Merits (14) in the ICAS in English Language.
A total of 207 participated in the assessment programme with the other 197 awarded certificates of Distinction (21), Credit (51), Merit (27) and Participation (97). Distinctions in the ICAS are reserved for the next 10 per cent, followed by Credit which is awarded to the next 25 per cent , and then Merits which is awarded to the next 10 per cent.
ICAS is the most comprehensive educational assessment programme available for schools. Every year, thousands of schools from over 20 countries participate, giving it an international benchmark that can be relied upon.
Developed by UNSW Global Pty Limited for students in primary and secondary school years, ICAS assesses higher order thinking and problem-solving skills needed for success in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling and Digital Technologies.
The aims of ICAS in English Language are to engage and educate students as they are being assessed; to enable them to measure their own achievements in an external, global assessment; and to compare their abilities against fellow participants.
“ICAS independently evaluates students’ skills and knowledge in core learning areas and provides insight into their understanding. The skills and understanding assessed
are important indicators of success in school and beyond,” said Nick Connolly, Senior Manager Test Development at UNSW Global.