Rosario Browne took the top spot with an average of 98 per cent. (Photo: Facebook)

A student of the Kingstown Preparatory School is St. Vincent’s top performer in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Examination (CPEA).

Rosario Reynaldo Matthew Browne took the top spot with an average of 98 per cent, according to preliminary result released by the Ministry of Education on Friday.

Two students each tied for the second and fourth position, with Chenise Olivia Harper of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School and Genevieve Elizabeth Mc Master of the Windsor Primary both scoring 97.6 per cent to tie for second.

The students who tied for fourth were Keanu Lawson Child of the Georgetown Government and Ashlyn Khandi Francis of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic, both with an average of 97.2 per cent.

The top 10 spots in the examination — which will determine students’ placements in the nation’s secondary schools — were taken by a range of schools: urban, rural, public, private, and on the mainland as well as the Grenadines.

Of the top 10 positions, the Bequia Anglian Primary took one; Georgetown Government, one; Kingstown Preparatory, 5; St. Mary’s Roman Catholic, 2; and, Windsor, one.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Morine Williams, said the performance in this year’s examination was an improvement over 2016.

Of the 1643 students who registered, 1,638 wrote the final examination, which was held on May 19.

“The preliminary results indicate that the proportion of students who met the prescribed standard was 1,398 (85.35 per cent). Of the 797 females sitting the exam, 737 or 92.47 per cent met the required standard, while of the 841 males sitting, 661 or 78.6 per cent me the required standard,” Williams said.

She said that the students’ finals scores were derived from the aggregate score of both components of the CPEA.

The external assessment consisted of multiple-choice tests in mathematics, science, and language arts.

The school-based assessments comprises of a project, a writing portfolio, a book report, as well as teacher tests, pupil made test and can-do-skills exercises in mathematics, science, language arts and civics.

In 2016, of 1,786 students who wrote the exam, 1,498 or 83.87 per cent of the students met the required standard. Of the 877 females sitting, 788 or 89.85 per met the required standard while 710 of the 909 males, or 78.11 per cent met the required standard.

In the 2017 exams, Bequia Anglican Primary has students who returned perfect scores in maths, science and language.

Six students returned a perfect score in mathematics.

They are: Chenise Olivia Harper of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic, Joshua Kelson Lennox Harry of Kingstown Preparatory, Keanu Lawson of Georgetown Government, Kerese Kayla Mariah Cozier of Bequia Anglican Primary, Kristy Lauren Dasilva of Richland Park Seventh Day Adventist, and Zane Jamar Edwards of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic.

Only one student, Naima Dara Simmons, of Bequia Anglican Primary, scored 100 per cent in science.

Bequia Anglican Primary’s Oslyan Sonia Elizabeth Ollivierre scored 100 per cent in language.

Williams said the CPEA result is arrived at 40 per cent of the school-based assessment, which has a maximum of 200 marks and 60 per cent of the external assessment, which carries a maximum of 300 marks.

The criterion for determining the required standard is that a student must acquire at least 50 per cent of the possible 500 marks.

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