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Assessment | SPFSC * PILNA * EGRA


We offer a high quality outcomes based senior secondary (Form 7/ Year 13) regional qualification. South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) is administered in 5 countries. It provides certification students can use to enter tertiary education across the region and internationally or for entry into the job market. 

In addition to this, we support countries in national examination paper development, paper production and marking through training of examiners, moderators and markers, writing, moderation, printing and shipping of examination papers.

We administer the regional assessment of Literacy and Numeracy (Years 4 and 6). Pacific Island Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) focuses on the skills that are essential for children to progress through school and life; reading and writing, numbers, operations, measurements and data. 
PILNA also collects contextual data from Years 4 and 6 students, their teachers and head teachers. Information gathered, when used in conjunction with the assessment results, helps explain differences in levels of student performance.  We collect and analyse both the cognitive and contextual data which are then reported at various levels (by Region, Small Island States, Country). Our findings are presented to countries in workshops where we discuss intervention strategies.

We also support the administration and dissemination of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) results in a number of Pacific Island countries.

 South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) 

We administer the SPFSC in Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Support is provided in the following areas:
  • Training of examiners and moderators
  • Writing and quality assurance of examination papers
  • Moderation of examination papers
  • Printing and shipping of examination papers.
  • Marking of national examination papers.
Prescriptions and past year papers for the SPFSC can be found on our resources.

 Want to know more 
 email our Educational Assessment Specialist, Mrs Geetanjali Lal on: [email protected]

 Pacific Island Literacy and Numercay Assessment (PILNA) 

2015 PILNA

The latest PILNA was also the largest ever assessment for the Pacific Islands region. It was administered in 13 countries in October 2015. More than 45,000 students in Year 4 and Year 6 in some 700 schools took part.

This significant undertaking was made possible through the collaboration of Pacific Ministers for Education and their ministries, with the support of the New Zealand Aid Programme. The results were released on June 2016.

First administered in 2012, the PILNA provides a measurement of regional standards based on a common scale, which gives the region valid and reliable results to inform the improvement of student learning outcomes over time.
The 2015 implementation is in response to the serious problems of low level of students’ achievements in Literacy and Numeracy found in 2012. The Ministers of Education in the Pacific had wanted a re-run of PILNA after 2012 to diagnose and monitor the Literacy and Numeracy situation in the Pacific. The re-run of PILNA in 2015 will also be used to confirm the Literacy and Numeracy baselines.

2015 Regional PILNA Report
PILNA Media Release

2012 PILNA

The 2012 PILNA was administered in 14 countries to establish Regional and National baselines in Literacy and Numeracy achievements at the end of 4 years and 6 years of primary education.

The PILNA tools were developed from the component skills common to all countries in Literacy and Numeracy and these are outlined in the Regional benchmarks [ST1] . The benchmarks were approved to ‘be used to develop assessment instruments to measure the achievement of literacy and numeracy skills in the Pacific’.

The two objectives in the 2012 PILNA administration were to:

  • Provide reliable and valid baseline data on the achievement levels of the literacy and numeracy skills of pupils who have completed Year 4 and Year 6 of primary education. EQAP has reported these baseline figures for the region as well as country positions to Ministries of Education; to the Pacific Heads of Education Meeting held in Tonga in October, 2013 and to the Ministers of Education during the 2014 Forum Education Ministers Meeting in the Cook Islands.
  • Promote the effective use of data in formulating national policy, in monitoring, and in designing appropriate intervention programmes to improve literacy and numeracy levels. SPBEQ had produced three sets of reports (regional, sub-regional and country reports) with the intent for country Ministries to critically dissect the reports and carry out further analysis that would possibly lead to policy and practice changes.
 Want to know more  email our Educational Assessment Specialist - Mrs Torika Taoi on: [email protected]




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