KNEC Circular: Administration of 2024 Competency-Based Assessments for Grades 3, 4, and 5


The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has issued a comprehensive circular outlining the procedures for administering Competency-Based Assessments (CBAs) for Grades 3, 4, and 5 in the second term of the academic year 2024. This directive, addressed to Sub County Directors of Education, Heads of Primary Schools, and Heads of Special Primary Schools, aims to ensure standardized assessment practices and facilitate efficient data management.

Quick Summary

  • KNEC will upload assessment tools for Kenya Early Years Assessment (KEYA) for Grade 3 and Kenya Foundation Level Education Assessment (KFLEA) for Stage Based Pathway, as well as School Based Assessment (SBA) for Grades 4 & 5 and Intermediate Level for Stage Based Pathway on the KNEC CBA Portal.
  • Schools are required to administer the assessments, score the outcomes, and upload the results on the CBA portal within the specified timeframe.
  • Assessment tools will be provided in both PDF and digital formats, with instructions for accessing and utilizing each format outlined in the circular.
  • Teachers will assess learners based on performance-based tasks and utilize scoring guides provided by KNEC.
  • A detailed user manual, available on the CBA portal, offers step-by-step guidance on accessing, administering, and uploading assessment data.
  • Schools are encouraged to prioritize digital access to assessment tools to minimize printing costs, although PDF format remains an option for those facing technological challenges.
  • Materials required for assessments should be sourced from the immediate school environment or improvised as necessary.

Accessing Assessment Tools

  • Schools can access assessment tools via the KNEC CBA portal using their login credentials.
  • Learners can access digital format tools using their assessment numbers, while PDF format tools are available to schools for distribution to students.
  • The CBA portal dashboard will feature buttons for accessing assessment tools in both formats.

Administration Guidelines

  • Teachers are responsible for administering assessments, guiding students through performance-based tasks, and scoring outcomes.
  • Assessment tools with color images should be printed in color or loaded onto digital devices for optimal viewing.
  • Learners are expected to provide responses on separate answer sheets provided by the school.

Record Keeping

  • Headteachers are tasked with maintaining records and evidence generated from the assessments, ensuring data integrity and accountability.

12.0 The tools will be accessed as shown below:

 ToolsDate to be accessedLast Date to Upload scores
12.1Grade 3 and Foundation LevelIntegrated Learning Assessment i) Regular Learners ii) Hearing Impairment iii) Visually Impairment iv) Physical Disabilities v) SNE Foundation Level3rd June 202431st July 2024
12.2Grade 4 (Subjects with Project, Practical & Performance Tasks)i) Agriculture & Nutrition ii) Creative Arts & Sports iii) Science & Technology1st July 202431 st July 2024
12.3Grade 5 (Subjects with Project, Practica/ & Performance Tasks)i) Agriculture & Nutrition ii) Creative Arts & Sports iii) Social Studies iv) Science & Technology1st July 202431st July 2024
12.4SNE Intermediate Level (Performance Tasks)i) Communication, Social and Literacy Skills ii) Daily Living Skills and Religious Education iii) Sensory Motor Integration iv) Creative Activities v) Numeracy Activities vi) Environmental Activities vii) Psychomotor Activities1st July 202431st July 2024
12.5Grade 3 Written testsMathematics and English Activities i) Regular Learners ii) Hearing Impairment iii) Visually Impairment iv) Physical Disabilities30th September 202424th October 2024
12.6SNE Foundation Level (Performance Tasksi) Activities of Daily Living ii) Communication, Social and Pre-Literacy Skills30th September 202424th October 2024
  Date to be accessedLast Date to Upload scores
12.7Grade 4 and Grade 5 (Written tests)i) Mathematics ii) English iii) Kiswahili iv) Kenyan Sign Language v) Agriculture & Nutrition vi) Science & Technology vii) Social Studies viii) Religious Education (CRE/IRE/HRE) ix) Creative Arts30th September 202424th October 2024


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