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29TH February 2016.

Dear Parents,

We are now fast approaching the end of term 2, early this year due to the timing of Easter, and this seems a good time to give you a brief update on what is happening at Mzuzu International Academy.

He may have been writing over two hundred years ago but Benjamin Franklin was right when he said ‘ By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.’ As you are no doubt aware universities and higher education institutions around the world are increasingly setting minimum standards for entry. For example universities in the UK and here in Malawi will only accept students who achieved the equivalents of C grades at IGCSE in English and Mathematics. Thus it is important that we ensure that all students at Mzuzu International Academy can meet and surpass any minimum standards set.

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MIDYIS – A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

MidYIS – Chances of Success at IGCSE.

Computer-adaptive tests, baseline data and target-setting for 12-14 year-olds.

Dear Parents,

In order to track the academic development of your children we are proposing to introduce MidYIS Tests to the secondary section of Mzuzu International Academy. These tests are published and administered by the CEM Centre based at Durham University in the UK and used in over 3000 schools worldwide.

MidYIS Tests are primarily designed to be taken when pupils enter secondary school. They are computer-adaptive and are available for Years 7, 8 and 9. Designed to fit into a lesson period (about one hour) they are quite strictly administered to ensure that all pupils are exposed to the same instructions, explanations and examples – ensuring fair, high quality reliable data. It is important to note that the tests are designed to measure, as far as possible, ability and aptitude for learning rather than achievement. MidYIS is not an IQ Test; it is designed to provide a measure of typical performance so that teachers can judge how much effort will be required to take pupils to external examinations.Click here, for more information.

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