New PSLE scoring system

Published Date: 10 October 2016 12:00 AM

News Parliamentary Replies

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap, Aljunied GRC

Question

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Schools) what research was conducted amongst teachers and how were their inputs taken into account in the decision-making process for the new PSLE scoring system.

Response

Over the course of the review of the PSLE scoring system, MOE solicited views from various key stakeholders, including educators, parents and members of the public.

Our engagements first started during the Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) exercise in 2013, which touched on changes to the PSLE, amongst other education issues. Since then, MOE has run several rounds of focus group discussions and dialogues with our educators and other stakeholders, to test various proposals on PSLE scoring and Secondary One (S1) posting with them. The PSLE scoring system review was therefore well-informed by the feedback from educators, as well as the professional advice from our education and assessment specialists, including the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. These professional input help ensure that our policy recommendations for the revised system are robustly tested, to be educationally sound and meaningful.

Apart from policy design, our educators have provided useful feedback on implementation issues, which MOE will be taking into consideration. This includes feedback regarding school-based assessments in our primary schools, as well as ways in which students and parents can be supported in choosing secondary schools that best meet each student’s learning needs and interests.

In the lead up to the implementation of the new PSLE scoring system, MOE will continue to partner educators and other key stakeholders to ensure that the changes are smoothly implemented.

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