The Yukon Foundation Skills Assessment is referred to as the YFSA for the FSA. It replaces the Yukon Achievement Tests, or YATs.
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The YFSA measures skills that students have gained over several school years, not just in a single year. It tests reading, writing and math, based on Yukon/BC curriculum. The results do not count toward report card marks.
This data provides a snapshot of what students have learned. That information helps schools make plans to improve teaching and learning to support students for the coming school year.
All Grade 4 and 7 students are required to take the Yukon Foundation Skills Assessment. Any exemptions must be pre-approved by the Department of Education following discussions with the principal and a review of documented evidence. Students with special needs may be exempted from all or part of the tests. Francophone students write the FSAs in French. French Immersion students write the FSAs in English.
The testing is done in January and February each year. Schools can choose what schedule is best for them during this timeline.
Students should try to get used to the format and types of questions. Sample questions and responses are on the B.C. Ministry of Education FSA website. Students can practice at any time, in school or at home.
The assessment consists of an online, a multiple choice section and a written response for reading comprehension and numeracy. There is also a short and a long writing assessment. The assessments can be done over a time period that suits the school’s contextual needs, taking approximately four hours in total, in addition to allowing extra time for students to complete the FSA as needed. English and French Immersion students write in English; Francophone students write in French.
The online multiple choice sections are marked in B.C. The written sections are marked in Whitehorse by Yukon teachers.
Parents will receive their student’s marks in April. School summary reports will be available in May. Schools also get summary and supervisor reports to help them plan for the coming year. YFSA marks do not count toward report card marks.