2018-2019 Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) for Grades 4 & 7 - Braille & Large Print
The 2018/19 FSA will be administered between October 1 and November 9, 2018 to all Grades 4 and 7 students enrolled in B.C. public and independent schools, including distributed learning programs. During the first week of September 2018, FSA supplies will be distributed to the principals of the schools.
If your school has Grade 4 or Grade 7 students who will require large print format or braille in the upcoming school year (2018/19), please complete and return by June 25, 2018, the special materials request form included below. You should only request a Large Print version for a student with a visual impairment if the adaptation of Large Print is used on a regular basis for in-class tests as documented on the student's IEP. Email or fax to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to the Ministry of Education at 250-356-8334.
2019 Braille & Large Print Provincial Assessments
If you are the designated contact for placing adjudication requests for your students who use braille or large print, please download the “Request for Special Format Assessments” form ASAP: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/adjudication/Request_for_Special_Format_Assessments.pdf
The form can be submitted using one of the following methods: Scan and email it to email@example.com or Fax it to the PRCVI library at 604-269-0495
There are only two exam/assessment sessions offered for students using Braille or Large Print and the request deadlines are:
- For the January 2019 session: Friday, October 5, 2018
- For the June 2019 session: Friday, March 1, 2019
Released and Sample Exams Note:
Even if your students are not writing exams until June 2019, it is still best to send the request now. PRCVI will be using these request forms as the student orders to send the Released Braille and Large Print Provincial Exams and Numeracy Assessments in early December.
Please note the following important changes for the 2018/19 school year:
Only students who are enrolled in English 12 or Communications 12 this year are required to write provincial exams.
Grades 10/11 provincial exams are no longer offered. Instead there is now the Graduation Numeracy Assessment and current Grade 10 or 11 students will have to write it as part of the new graduation requirements.
For more information on these important changes, please go to: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/provincial-assessment
There is also no longer a requirement to request a reader and/or scribe – schools should just follow the guidelines:
- For Readers: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/adjudication/readers.htm
- For Scribes: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/adjudication/scribes.htm
Some General Information about Braille & Large Print Assessments
PRCVI sends out Assessment application reminders a few times per year and we strongly recommend that the district or independent school Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments be directly involved in the alternate format assessment or FSA request process for their students. We receive a few last-minute requests for each assessment session and sometimes it may be too late to send the necessary assessment for the scheduled date and time needed.
In order for a student to be eligible to receive an alternate format assessments, they must be registered with PRCVI. We have been receiving a lot of large print requests for students with learning difficulties, and these students ususally do not meet the criteria to be registered with PRCVI for vision support.
Even if your students are not writing until June, we must receive the request forms by the October deadline, so we can anticipate what student orders we need to fill for the Released Braille and Large Print Assessments that are usually sent in early December.
You can only request one format of an Assessment for your student, so for example, it is not possible to request an electronic version and also a separate booklet of tactile or large print images.
Braille-format assessments have often been adapted, and they are different from the regular print booklets. The student should respond to the multiple-choice and open-ended questions either on their computer or on their Braille Writer, or the school may transcribe the student’s braille responses in writing (verbatim) onto a separate sheet of paper. They should not fill out the computer-fed bubble answer sheets that are issued with the regular assessment booklets.
The Braille-format or large print format assessment(s) are shipped separately from the regular print ones and all of these assessments must be kept in a secure place until administered. Please ensure all staff directly involved in administering these alternate format assessments are aware of these procedures.
It is important that the Braille assessment is returned to PRCVI, even if the student has chosen not to write it. Both the Braille-format assessment and the student’s written open-ended and multiple-choice responses must be packaged separately from the regular and large print copies and returned to PRCVI. A pre-paid courier waybill is provided with the return address and shipping instructions. The braille-using student responses are then sent by courier to the Ministry of Education for hand-marking.
If you can't find an answer to any of your alternate format assessment questions on this page, please send an email to Susan Hannigan or call 604-269-2206 (direct line).