Preparing for the Annual National Assessments

What are the ANAs?

The Department of Basic Education will be conducting the Annual National Assessment (ANA) from the 18 - 21 September 2012 in grades 1 to 6 and 9 in all public schools and grade 3 or 6 in all independent primary schools that are eligible for government subsidy.

The Annual National Assessments are standardised national assessments for languages and mathematics in the intermediate phase (grades 4 – 6) and in literacy and numeracy for the foundation phase (grades 1 – 3). Question papers and marking memoranda are supplied by the DoBE and schools manage the conduct of the tests as well as the marking and internal moderation.

What do you tell parents?

  •  It is very important that schools communicate the dates of the ANAs to parents so that they can ensure their children attend school during this time.
  • Inform parents that they need to encourage their children rather than put any pressure on them.  
  • The ANAs are not examinations which learners can pass or fail, but rather tests to find out if they have any problems with literacy and numeracy.
  • Parents will be informed of their child’s level of performance.

Preparing your learners

The Department of Education has created a special page on their website with all the information about the Annual National Assessments including links to 2011 papers which you can use as practice tests in your classroom. Click here to visit this section on the DoBE website.

When will the ANAs take place at your school?

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