New PSLE scoring system: Parents worry Foundation subject pupils are at a disadvantage

Pupils waiting for the release of their PSLE results last year. Parents have expressed concern over Foundation-level subjects under the new PSLE scoring system, but MOE has made it clear that while the 2021 scoring system is doing away with pinpoint
Pupils waiting for the release of their PSLE results last year. Parents have expressed concern over Foundation-level subjects under the new PSLE scoring system, but MOE has made it clear that while the 2021 scoring system is doing away with pinpoint T-scores for broad achievement bands, "the treatment of Foundation-level subject scores is actually similar".ST FILE PHOTO

MOE says new system treats Foundation scores similar to T-score system; priority is to ensure pupils can cope

Are pupils taking easier Foundation-level subjects under the new Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system being disadvantaged?

This is the concern that has been raised by parents and some academics, who had highlighted how the top score for a Foundation subject is the equivalent of a pupil getting between 45 and 64 marks in the Standard curriculum.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2019, with the headline 'Parents worry Foundation subject pupils are at a disadvantage'. Print Edition | Subscribe