All Grade 3 students in Nova Scotia are writing the province’s first early elementary mathematical literacy assessment this week. Almost 10,000 Grade 3 public school students will be demonstrating their understanding of a range of mathematical topics based on the Primary-3 curriculum, beginning today, June 5. “We want our students to do well in mathematics,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We need to know how students are doing in the early elementary grades so we can ensure that we are providing them with the strong foundation they need to succeed in later grades.” The assessment is being administered during the first 90-minutes of class on June 5, 6, and 7. It will measure the mental math, computation and problem-solving skills that students are expected to know at Grade 3. It will also identify individual students who need more support. Students’ individual results will be shared with schools and with their parents in the fall. “Assessments like this provide us with valuable information on each student’s strengths and needs,” said Ms. Casey. “What we learn from these assessments will also help us determine if the way we teach math at the early grades is working effectively.” The information gathered will help teachers in their ongoing instruction and assessment of their students. The results will not be included in the students’ report cards. The Assessment is part of the Program of Learning Assessment of Nova Scotia. For more information go to http://PLANS.EDnet.ns.ca .