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More than 400 Filipino participants of the 2010 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)-Mathematics conducted last August 7, 2010 achieved outstanding results of which 88 garnered the High Distinction certificates, 146 won Distinction certificates and 193 got the Credit certificates.

The ICAS-Math is developed by the Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), UNSW Global Pty Limited and is conducted annually in Australia and in 12 other countries including New Zealand, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, USA, Philippines and the Pacific region.

As usual, the ICAS Math assesses five strands: Number and Arithmetic, Algebra and Patterns, measures and Units, Space and Geometry, Chance and Data. Generally, the ICAS provides extensive independent evaluations of students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in the core learning areas. These skills and understanding are important indicators of success in school and beyond, said Dr. Sofia Kesidou, General Manager-Assessment and Research at EAA.

The ICAS-Math result this year is several times better than that of last year. This year, around 65% of the ICAS-Math participants from the Philippines received certificates for their impressive performance. As more Pinoy math wizards showed mathematical excellence this year, Dr. Simon Chua, MTG president has expressed his joy and delight at how our participants have fared in the competition. Thus, he leads the MTG family in giving his warm congratulations to the participants and to their parents and schools.

Please click here for the results of the 2010 ICAS-Math. 2010 ICAS Math Result.xls

For more details about the ICAS, please log on at http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au.

The Educational Assessment Australia (EAA) of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) released the results of the 2010 International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) – English conducted simultaneously nationwide on August 21, 2010. From a close to 1000 participants of which more than 600 were elementary pupils and around 350 were high students representing a total of 47 schools across the Philippines, 56 garnered High Distinction, 138 received Distinction and 295 got Credit certificates. The ICAS-English test is developed by Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), UNSW Global Pty Limited and is conducted annually in 12 countries. The test which is for students from Years 3 to 12, assesses their academic ability in reading and language. The participants have been tested to locate, identify, interpret, infer and synthesize information in and about the texts, focusing on the aspects of reading for meaning in literary texts, reading for meaning in factual texts, textual devices, syntax and vocabulary. The ICAS provides extensive independent evaluations of students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in the core learning areas. These skills and understanding are important indicators of success in school and beyond,” said Dr. Sofia Kesidou, General Manager- Assessment and Research at EAA. “All participants from the Philippines are to be congratulated on their significant achievements”, she added. The recipients of the High Distinction, Distinction and Credit certificates are as follow: 2010 ICAS English Results.pdf

The Educational Assessment Australia (EAA) of the University of New South Wales headed by its Group Executive, Mr. Jeff Laurie disclosed that a total of 363 Filipino kids from the 610 Philippine participants who joined in the 2010 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Science garnered 47 High Distinction, 136 Distinction and 180 Credit Awards. Participated in by more than 1 million elementary grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils and 1st to 4th year high school students from ten countries including Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and some territories in the pacific, the Philippines showed an improved results in 2010 ICAS-Science administered simultaneously worldwide on June 8, 2010.

The ICAS – Science assesses skills in the areas of: interpreting data, applying data and higher order skills including investigating, reasoning and problem solving. These skills are embedded in the syllabus documents of all the key learning areas and are meant to be taught in context. The skills are tested in contexts drawn from four Science knowledge areas: Earth and Beyond (incorporating the Earth Sciences and Astronomy), Natural and Processed Materials (incorporating Chemistry), Life and Living (incorporating Biology and Ecology) and Energy and Change (Incorporating Physics).

This year, the Philippine participants achieved outstanding results for getting more awards compared with the performance last year. Which is why, no less than Penny Hutton, Senior Manager- Assessment at EAA said, “All students from the Philippines are to be congratulated on their significant achievements.” He further stressed that the ICAS provides extensive independent evaluations of students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in the core learning areas.

These are the winners of the high distinction, distinction and credits awards: 2010 ICAS science result Rev

For those ICAS English participants who will take the competition in the morning at Grace Christian College are advised to proceed immediately to their Room Assignment which can be downloaded by clicking this: 2010 icas eng room assignments

Please be informed that the 2010 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) will go on as scheduled on August 21, 2010. However, since it is a holiday, the time has been moved to its original schedule which is 8:30 in the morning and NOT anymore at 2:00 in the afternoon. The change in time is due to the public request especially from the school administrators and teachers, parents and participants from distant places.

Furthermore, participants are advised to be at the contest venue before the competition starts at 8:30 in the morning. They are requested to remember of the following reminders:

1. Be in complete school uniform and ID;
2. Bring pencils preferably 2B or B (NOT pen)
3. Mobile phones, pagers, and other personal electronic devices are not permitted; and
4. Dictionaries are NOT permitted.

Please be informed that the 2010 International Competitions and Assessment for Schools will go on as scheduled on Saturday, August 21, 2010. Despite the fact it is proclaimed a holiday, yet the competition is conducted simultaneously on the same date worldwide.

Participants are advised to be at the contest venue before the competition starts at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. They are requested to remember of the following reminders:

1. Be in complete school uniform and ID;

2. Bring pencils preferably 2B or B (NOT pen)

3. Mobile phones, pagers, and other personal electronic devices are not permitted; and

4. Dictionaries are NOT permitted.

Furthermore, the participants of the Colegio San Agustin-Makati have been assigned in Grace Christian College for the 2010 ICAS-English and NOT in Colegio San Agustin-Biñan as previously announced.

These are the other participants of the 2010 ICAS-English from the Philippine Institute of Quezon City assigned at the Grace Christian College:

1. Lee, Roger Martin Jr. Grade 3
2 . Lim, Matthew Hervey Grade 3
3 . Sy,Kyla Nicole Grade 3
4 . Lim, Simon Chester Grade 3
5 . Yap, Mariah Katherine Grade 3
6 . Lim, Filbert Hughstin Grade 4
7 . Wong, Samantha Loiuse Grade 4
8 . Ang, Arjhon Grade 4
9 . Pua, Gillian Jenine Grade 4
10 . Santos, Tea Toni Fleur Grade 4
11 . Ching, Richelle Mica Grade 4
12 . Ang, Tommy Grade 5
13 . Wee-Ebol, Timothy Grade 5
14 . Yu, Janine Michelle Grade 5
15 . Mendoza, Niña Bettina Grade 5
16 . Ratilla, Gabrielle Grade 5
17 . Po Lam, Janna Megan Grade 5
18 . Ong, Michelle Rizza Grade 5
19 . Balete, Nathanael Joshua Grade 6
20 . Tan, Micah Grade 6
21 . Yu, Joanna Nicole Grade 6
22 . Lee, Mary Ellen Grade 6
23 . Ang, Karli 1st year
24 . Espeña, Daniela 1st year
25 . Gaw, Michaela 1st year
26 . Lim, Ken Dustin 2nd Year
27 . Dy, Charlton Paul 2nd Year
28 . Ratilla, Daniel 2nd Year
29 . Lee, Cecille Natalie 2nd Year
30 . So, Sharmaine Eunice 2nd Year
31 . Ang, Michelin 3rd Year
32 . Tsoi, Aaron Charles 3rd Year
33 . Vergara, Hannah Krisziel 3rd Year
34 . Liao, Jean 3rd Year
35 . Wee-Ebol, Nokolia Bles 3rd Year
36 . Wong, Sarah Jessica 3rd Year
37 . Lim, Sean Austin 3rd Year
38 . Pua, Gillian Jeremie 3rd Year
39 . Eustaqiuo, Jose Mari 3rd Year
40 . Kho, Veronica Jhane 3rd Year

Good Luck to all!!!

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