Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) - Design and Development


The assessment instruments are developed by BC educators. The development generally involves a year-long cycle in which the Ministry of Education engages teams of practicing classroom teachers and subject area specialists in the process.

Steps taken in assessment design and development include:

  • Tables of Specifications are established
  • Test designs are determined, reviewed and revised
  • Items are written, reviewed and revised by the development teams
  • Reading passages undergo social consideration review
  • Items are pilot-tested, analyzed and revised
  • Technical reviews are conducted by teams of classroom teachers and subject specialists