UAE announces a three-week spring break for students

The academic calendar for the ongoing school year, beginning on March 25, has delineated a three-week spring break extending until April 14.

Following this break, the remaining duration of the second semester entails two distinct types of assessments: evaluating students’ competencies in both cognitive and skill-based areas, and culminating with an end-of-semester test.

The second semester, spanning 12 weeks (comprising 59 school days) from January 2, includes only one official vacation day on January 1, commemorating New Year’s Day. Within this timeframe, February is allocated for assessing students’ competencies, while March is slated for the culmination of the semester through end-of-semester evaluations. These assessments are integral components of the ongoing academic year's evaluation process.

The “Guideline for Student Evaluation Policy for the Academic Year 2023-2024” emphasizes a student-centered approach, prioritizing active learning, critical thinking, and fostering students' ownership of their educational journey. It aims to motivate learners across three core axes: tailoring education to individual needs, providing reliable data to inform teaching practices, and assessing current student achievements to guide their educational trajectory.

This guideline underscores the importance of continuous assessment in gauging students’ understanding, application abilities, and necessary competencies for academic advancement. It empowers teachers to adapt teaching methodologies and provide tailored support to facilitate students' learning journeys.

Continuous assessment is classified into two categories: school-level assessments and central assessments. School-level assessments encompass formative assessments, both graded and non-graded, while central assessments include diagnostic tests, end-of-semester evaluations, and retake assessments. These assessment strategies aim to nurture students' cognitive growth, refine their skills, and provide a comprehensive understanding of their progress throughout the academic year.

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