Newsflash: PSLE will Swap T-score for Scoring Bands from 2021

by Education Cube, posted on Apr 8, 2016

Newsflash: PSLE will Swap T-score for Scoring Bands from 2021
By Education Cube
8 Apr 2016

The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will switch to scoring bands, similar to those used for ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels, beginning with 2021’s Primary 6 cohort. The new scoring system is to better reflect students’ learning and level of mastery.

The move comes as the Ministry of Education seeks “to reduce over-emphasis on academic results”, announced Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng in the Committee of Supply Debate in Parliament today (8 Apr).

Minister Ng noted there was a “deeply ingrained mindset” that the PSLE is a “very high-stakes” examination.

He also acknowledged that the PSLE T-score (or Transformed Score, used to standardise raw scores and rank pupils relative to others) “may have created unhealthy competition among our young children”.

“Some broad level of differentiation is still needed… But the scoring will be blunted to a large extent.”

Read CNA’s full report on this and possible adjustments to Sec 1 postings here:
PSLE T-score to be replaced with wider scoring bands in 2021 (CNA, 8 Apr 2016)

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