Foundational Skills Assessment

About the Foundation Skills Assessment

The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of British Columbia students' academic skills that measures students’ abilities in reading comprehension, writing, and numeracy. Designed and developed by British Columbia educators, the tests are linked to the provincial curriculum and provincial performance standards.

SMUS supports our students' success in building these basic academic skills by:

  • mapping out our curriculum;
  • ensuring smooth transitions between grades;
  • closely following each student's progress;
  • reporting grades based on outcomes; and
  • working collaboratively.

Grade 4 FSA Performance

  • In the 2016 FSA, 66% of our Grade 4 students exceeded expectations in the numeracy category and 48% exceeded expectations in the reading category (compared to 14% and 14% province-wide).
  • On average, 31% more of our students exceed expectations in all categories than students province-wide.

Grade 7 FSA Performance

  • In the 2016 FSA, 52% of our Grade 7 students exceeded expectations in the reading category, compared to 13% province-wide, and 48% of SMUS students exceeded expectations in the writing category, compared to 9% province-wide.
  • On average, 31% more of our students exceed expectations in all categories than students province-wide.