The students should be registered according to their year level when they sit for ICAS in September 2018. For instance, in February, the students are in grade 4, thus they should be registered as grade 5, because they will sit in grade 5 in ICAS sitting dates in September.
No. The skills being tested will reflect the appropriate level in the learning curve expected to be achieved by the student at the target age group. The question will be based on the universal curricular and co-curricular syllabi including textbooks, lab notes, projects and other sources.
An external assessment removes even a faint trace of subjectivity that stems from familiarity between a teacher and their students. An external view, especially from a global body, reflects a collective and objective world view of a student’s performance. Exposing the students to international testing patterns prepares them to become global players.
After knowing exactly which skill area they are weak in, they can
- Focus on learning the concept better
- Revisit the fundamentals of the concept
- Spend some time practising the application of the concept
- Read more books to improve their comprehension skills
- Discuss with the concerned teacher if a particular class shows a weakness in the understanding of one particular concept uniformly
- Discuss with parents of children whose results cause anxiety
- Plan remedial sessions with individual groups to overcome their weakness in particular skill areas
- Give support to nurture their child’s core strengths
- Plan remedial lessons with teachers to help their child's weak areas
ICAS does not refer to any curriculum but each ICAS subject has been aligned to its own assessment framework. These frameworks were developed by carefully examining the curriculum of each Australian state and indentifying common content, skills and overarching principles. In addition curriculum documents from other countries, including New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom were looked at. This process of identifying the common aspects of each subject across Australia and overseas curricula has allowed ICAS to operate independently of any given curriculum while remaining relevant to what is taught in classrooms.
ICAS is used in a growing number of countries. As year-level names vary across countries, it is simpler to code the ICAS booklets as A, B, C, D etc and provide a key to identify the relevant year-level for each country.
Your school can register with UTC to participate in ICAS at http://icasindonesia.co.id/page/new-school
No. After the ICAS Subject has been sat please place the booklets in a secure place. Once reports and results are received at your school, you can then hand the booklets back to the students or use them as past papers. Please do not send used booklets back to UTC.
No. Entry to ICAS is school-based only. UTC is unable to accept requests from parents to enrol their child into an ICAS subject unless the child is being home-schooled in a registered home school.
Questions used in ICAS papers are written by EAA assessment staff, experienced classroom teachers and subject matter experts. These writers utilise a wide range of materials and resources to ensure the questions are current, relevant and engaging for the students.
All items are peer-reviewed by an external panel. This panel consists of practising classroom teachers and subject matter experts, including university academics. This panel considers the validity, reliability and currency of each assessment item. Once ratified by the external panel, the questions are placed in tests. All tests maintain a balance of items taking into account the difficulty of the questions and the strands, topics and skills tested.
The School will be sent a Student Report and certificate for each child. These can be sent home and/or contribute to the student portfolio. This report provides accessible diagnostic information about the student's performance and highlights any strengths or weaknesses.
All reports, and certificates are sent to the school in the first instance. Results are also available online. To access this facility, parents and their children will need their TAP ID's and passwords to log in. The TAP ID is printed on the student report and is valid for all ICAS subject results.
Yes. EAA has a secure, interactive site that allows you to view and analyse your school and student data.
Log in to the School Portal at: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/school-portal with your EAA school code and password to access your results online. Please note the school results are available only to participating schools, their Principals and the ICAS subject coordinators.
Yes. Please contact Customer Service for more information. There will be a charge for this service.