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Assessment


In line with the Ministry of Education’s direction to reduce high-stakes testing, and free up curriculum time to foster deeper and more engaged learning, the school will be removing the Mid-Year Examinations (MYE) for Secondary 1 and Secondary 3 students with effect from 2019. Instead, student learning will be assessed through a variety of ‘Weighted Assessments’ (WA) conducted in the course of the year, before they sit for the End-of-Year Examinations (EYE).

 

For the Secondary 2, 4 and 5 students, as these are milestone years where they will be undergoing streaming or getting ready for the national examinations, they will still sit for the MYE as an important checkpoint in their preparations, in addition to their EYE or Prelims. The Secondary 2, 4 and 5 students will also have WA as a form of continual assessment and feedback in the course of the year.

 

These WA can take the form of class tests, projects, oral presentations, coursework, performance tasks, practical tests, etc. In order to manage the assessment load for students and to optimise their learning, the school also has a policy of no more than:

  • 1 WA per subject per term,
  • 3 WA in any given week, and
  • 2 WA in any given day.

  

Assessment Weighting Plan

An Assessment Weighting Plan summarises the weightage contributed by each WA, the MYE and/or the EYE towards the Overall Results of students. A student’s promotion to the next level is based on his/her Overall Results. The Assessment Weighting Plan for the various levels, as well as for the Modular Subjects (such as lower secondary History, Geography, Design & Technology, and Food and Consumer Education) is as below:

 

Sec 1 and 3 Non-Modular Subjects


WA1

WA2

MYE

WA3

WA4

EYE

Overall

15%

15%

-

15%

-

55%

100%


Note that:

1.         WA1, WA2, WA3 and WA4 represent the WA in Term 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

2.         For Sec 3 Design & Technology, the EYE constitutes 100% of the Overall Results. Teachers will monitor students’ progress closely and provide feedback to parents.

 

Sec 2 Non-Modular Subjects

 

WA1

WA2

MYE

WA3

WA4

EYE

Overall

15%

-

25%

15%

-

45%

100%

 

Lower Sec Modular Subjects in Semester 1 (i.e. Sec 1 History, Sec 1 Design & Technology, Sec 2 Geography and Sec 2 Food and Consumer Education)


WA1

WA2

MYE

WA3

WA4

EYE

Overall

15%

15%

70%

-

-

-

100%

 

 Lower Sec Modular Subjects in Semester 2 (i.e. Sec 1 Geography, Sec 1 Food and Consumer Education, Sec 2 History and Sec 2 Design & Technology)

 

WA1

WA2

MYE

WA3

WA4

EYE

Overall

-

-

-

15%

15%

70%

100%

 

For the Sec 4 & 5 students, there will still be the MYE to serve as a milestone check for their progress in learning in the graduation year. However, the MYE will not constitute part of their final grades, which will be their Prelim Examination results. The approach is similar for the reporting of their progress in Continual Assessment 1 (CA1), where a weighted assignment will be used for assessment, but not counted towards the final Prelim Examination grades.