The steering committee on the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) will convene for the sixth year since its inception in 2015. The committee meets every year to oversee, guide and direct the planning and implementation of the regional assessment programme. Heads of education from the 15 Pacific Island countries that administer PILNA, representatives from the Australian and New Zealand governments, Australia's Council of Education Research (ACER) and the Pacific Community comprise the steering committee.
The large scale assessment, which has begun its preparation for the fourth cycle of administration, was conceived in 2012 in response to increasing concern regarding the proficiency of students in fundamental literacy and numeracy skills. The Pacific Community's Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) leads the administration of PILNA with support from its partners.
PILNA is one of several EQAP initiatives aimed at helping to improve children's basic literacy and numeracy skills.
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