Why this Change?

  • Singaporeans shared their preference for a more holistic education system.

  • The changes are part of a larger shift to better nurture well-rounded individuals.

  • We hope this will encourage more students to discover their strengths and interests, as well as strengthen their values, knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the future.

    What does it mean for

From 2021 onwards, we will have:

Wider Scoring Bands

  • The current T-score system grades students very finely. It is unnecessary at this young age to make such fine distinctions between children. Some people believe that a student who scores 231 is better than another student who scores 230, but it is not educationally meaningful to differentiate so finely between the two at this age. Hence, we are moving to wider scoring bands, where students in the same band are similar academically.

Scores which reflect students’ own level of achievement, instead of comparing them to their peers.

  • The current T-score system reflects a student’s relative performance against the rest of his cohort. So a student may score well for all his subjects, but receive a lower T-score if the rest of the cohort scores better. In this new scoring system, we want students to focus on their own learning outcomes. As long as they meet the learning objectives of the curriculum, they will score the corresponding achievement level. Interested to find out more?

Choice order to matter more as a tie-breaker

  • We will also be making adjustments to Secondary One (S1) posting and will be introducing choice order as a new tie-breaker for S1 posting. What does this mean?

    What is the PSLE and
    what is it for?
  • Primary education is a time when students develop foundational language and numeracy skills. This foundation will be later deepened and built upon during secondary education. It is also a time for students to develop their passion for learning, grow in values and character, and explore their strengths and interests.

  • The PSLE assesses how much students have learnt over six years of primary education and whether they have acquired a sufficient academic foundation to access and benefit from secondary education.

  • It also helps students, parents and teachers to determine where each child’s strengths lie and tailor secondary school education to best suit a child’s learning needs, so that students can receive the necessary support.

    What will happen for the next few years before 2021?

Over the next few years, MOE will provide support to parents, students and schools to prepare for the changes. We will:

  1. Engage parents, teachers and students to help them understand the changes.

  2. Work with schools and teachers to strengthen school-based assessments.

    • If you are a parent with a child in Primary 4 in 2019 or younger, primary schools will guide you through the changes.

    • Let us work together to help our children enjoy learning. Let us nurture and appreciate the different aspects of a child’s character that cannot be measured. Let us help them understand that their grades reflect only a part of who they are. Let us work together so that our children can do their best, each in their own way.