PSLE changes

New PSLE scoring system for Foundation level may dampen motivation

Updates to the new Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system were recently announced by the Ministry of Education (MOE). One major change involves subjects taught at the Foundation level which caters to academically weaker students who have yet to build strong fundamentals in a subject. About 10 per cent of PSLE pupils take at least one Foundation-level subject.

Under the old PSLE grading system, students are graded on a T-score system, which measures each student's performance relative to that of his peers. This results in precise scores, so that even half a mark in an exam can make a difference in a student's T-score.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2019, with the headline 'New scoring system for Foundation level may dampen motivation'. Print Edition | Subscribe