The Nova Scotia Assessment: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics/Mathématiques in Grade 8 is administered over 4-days between late May–early June.
This assessment includes the following:
- reading and writing tasks that reflect grade 8 curriculum outcome expectations
- reading passages in the narrative, information, poetry/song, and visual text genres
- reading comprehension questions in selected response format
- reading comprehension questions that are designed to provide a broad range of challenge, thereby providing more information about individual student performance
- one essay writing task and one story writing task
- mathematics questions that reflect the end of grade 8 curriculum outcome expectations
- selected response (multiple choice) questions in all mathematics domains
- tasks designed to assess students’ ability to solve problems
- tasks requiring different levels of cognitive demands to solve, thereby providing more information about student performance
French immersion students write the mathematics portion of this assessment in French.
- In 2021-2022, only outcomes that are identified as foundational in the Foundational Outcome documents (September 2021) and measurable on large scale assessments will be included on Nova Scotia Assessments. To reflect this change, the Mathematics portion of the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics/Mathématiques in Grade 8 has been reduced to 60-minute sessions.