The LEAP schools were founded to promote excellence in teaching and learning in specific disciplines such as Mathematics and Science, in addition to the critical area of reading literacy, and thereby to provide access for learners who show promise in these fields. As part of a quality assurance initiative, the CEA was brought in to develop assessment instruments from Grade 8 to 11, closely aligned to the national curriculum for the specific disciplines. As a part of the quality assurance design, feedback is provided to participating schools.
In February 2013, staff members from the CEA, Dr Caroline Long, Dr Lisa Zimmerman and Mrs Karen Roux, Ms Celeste Combrinck as well as Mrs Corene Coetzee from the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMTE) department held feedback sessions for these schools in the three provinces. These sessions were designed to give feedback to schools regarding the overall results for all schools, individual school results in relation to other schools tested, overall topic results in each school and main findings. In addition to the presentations, subject coordinators and teachers from the three subject areas held interactive sessions regarding both the findings from the assessments and teachers’ reflections on their students’ performance.
This project follows a collaborative approach in which CEA team members and teachers from participating schools work together to apply results in practical ways that will benefit the teaching and learning process.