Tescia, a math test for future graduates divides Catholic Education

Designed by teachers, this math test should facilitate orientation in science courses. Catholic Education has asked its establishments not to organize it for final year students.

The baccalaureate is no longer enough to guarantee the level of the students. From this observation was born the Tescia. This math test created by the Aores (Association for a reasoned orientation towards scientific higher education) made up of teachers, allows final year students to check their math skills. This allows them to obtain a certification, which the high school student can transmit via Parcoursup to higher education establishments. But this desire to offer an alternative to the school assessment grid is annoying. Catholic education has said it does not endorse it. This made its creator, Clément de Seguins Pazzis, president of the Aores, and teacher at the Lycée Sainte-Geneviève in Versailles, jump.

The APLCPGE (Association of principals of high schools with preparatory classes for the Grandes Ecoles) has also recommended that heads of establishments not take into account the results of the TeSciA in the Parcoursup wish examination commissions.

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Two tests of 1 hour 30 minutes

The baccalaureate exams are no longer enough to distinguish oneself. We therefore wanted to allow students to assess themselves on a national scale, and training to have a better overview of the candidates’ abilities.», explains Clément de Seguins Pazzis. The association, created in 2020, brings together former and current mathematics teachers as well as high school principals of excellence (Ginette, Louis-le-Grand or Saint-Louis). They have developed this test, the first edition of which will be held on March 19 in person, in different examination centers, between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The Tescia is divided into two events, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each, separated by a break. The first measures dexterity and speed and the second focuses on initiative, abstraction and research skills. All without a calculator or electronic tools. Registration is open to all, without restriction of age, nationality or school origin, all at a low price, 20 euros per candidate, 5 euros for scholarship holders. “We have decided to pass it on to our final year students who are preparing to go to math sup, it’s good training, it gives benchmarks to join selective scientific streams.», declares Bertrand Léonard, president of Ipesup. Subject zero is already available. In this statement, the second exercise depends on the selected option, “expert mathematics” or “advanced general mathematics”.

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The opposition of Catholic teaching

In order to make the initiative accessible to as many people as possible, the Aores has asked high schools throughout France to set up examination centres. “Schools could thus accommodate candidates from the surrounding area, not just their students.“, specifies Clément de Seguins Pazzis, president of the Aores. Twenty-one private high schools had accepted, since public institutions could not, insofar as the test does not yet have the approval of the Ministry of National Education.

But this Friday, January 21, an event turned the association’s plans upside down. Catholic education sent a letter to diocesan directors, the equivalent of academic officials, speaking out against the test. According to them, this does not fit into “the youth support policy as they see it“. They thus suggest to the high schools that have agreed to host the tests to reconsider their position. Le Figaro Student got the mail.

The letter sent by Catholic education to diocesan directors

Following this missive, several establishments gave up organizing the tests, returning to the written commitment made with the Aores, underlines the association. This Thursday, January 27, six had announced their defection, out of the 21 initially planned, reports Clément de Seguins Pazzis. He pursues: “We have a sword of Damocles hanging over our heads because of the 15 other establishments, only two have confirmed their position, so this is likely to continue. There are four weeks left before the end of registration and we already have 80 students who no longer have a place to compose.”

Clément de Seguins Pazzis thus tried to get in touch with the general secretary of Catholic education (SGEC) in order to obtain “further explanationon this refusal. “They affirm that the result of Tescia cannot be mentioned in Parcoursup while nothing formally prohibits specifying it in the motivated training project, we seek to convince the authors to send a corrective to the establishments affected“. He also denounces the bad timing: They had known about this test for months but they are waiting for the last moment to oppose it.» Requests left unanswered. Contacted by Le Figaro Studentthe SGEC did not follow up.

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