HYDERABAD: The publishers of English Language teaching and school curriculum materials- Macmillan Education, has launched the ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) programme for the India. Currently 14,500 schools in over 20 countries participate in ICAS and over 8.9 million students are being assessed under ICAS globally.
ICAS is an initiative by UNSW Global, a not-for-profit provider of education, assessment, and expertise services, wholly owned by The University of New South Wales, Australia. The ICAS programme evaluates students across a wide spectrum of skills and a diagnostic tool that gives parents and teachers insight into the capability of children.
Starting from Class 2 going up to Class 12, the language skills tested include, reading for meaning in factual and literary texts, syntax and vocabulary and in Science, skills of observing and measuring, interpreting and analysing data and reasoning and problem solving.
In Mathematics, ICAS delves into evaluating areas of Algebra and patterns; chance and data; measurement and units, numbers and arithmetic; space and geometry. In digital technologies, it offers an analysis of a student’s capability in databases, graphics and multimedia, networks and communications systems among other things.
For schools, ICAS provides powerful insights into
Where individual students are succeeding and where they may need extra focus.
Performances across year levels, classes and other subgroups.
Strengths and weaknesses at a whole school, grade and class level.
Student performance in comparison to peers regionally and internationally.
Student development over time.