15 Jun 2021
Doha. Aspire Academy Department of Education and Student Affairs kick started early preparations towards the new school year 2021- 2022 by arranging the Newcomers Assessment for 45 newly enrolled students on 15 June 2021. The new joiners took complementary subtests used to measure related cognitive abilities relevant to assessment and identification of specific child's abilities in discrete cognitive domains in Math, English, and Arabic. The students used their own private transport to get to Aspire Academy and the entire day’s programme was conducted under stringent health and safety precautions in the light of COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking about purpose of the Newcomers Assessment, Aspire Academy school Principal, Jassem Al Jaber said, “At the end of each academic year we are already preparing for the next one and these diagnostic or screening tests via Wechsler tests that we run are part and parcel of our assessment and help us determine how best to teach each student. These are international tests that measure students' skills in math, English and we added to it Arabic language as a basic skill in Aspire school. The goal of this procedure is to assess the student's academic skills in mathematics, English, and Arabic.
Identifying these skills helps us plan how their next year learning will look like. Let us say, for example, that a student has a certain weakness in any of the language skills as a result in the upcoming academic year, we will start focusing more on his weakness and try to strengthen this issue on the basis that the boy can familiarize and adapt to Aspire Academy. Admission to Aspire Academy is based on a sporting talent ability, and when a student joins the academy, we also like to test his academic skills, and start making plans for him as well as start to develop his skills. The main objective of this test is to identify the basic skills that need to be developed by the student and we will work on developing them during the next academic year,” concluded Principal Jassem