PEP comes with ‘high or­der test’

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - ro­mario.scott@glean­

THE PRI­MARY Exit Pro­file (PEP) exam slated to be­gin in 2019 will have three dis­tinct com­po­nents which are the high or­der test, the per­for­mance task, and an abil­ity test.

“The high or­der test will be the test that they will per­form at the end of their time in grade six, and it will be a com­bi­na­tion of mul­ti­ple-choice and short­an­swer es­say-type ques­tions,” Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ruel Reid dis­closed on Fri­day at a Gleaner Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum at the com­pany’s North Street of­fices in cen­tral Kingston.

The per­for­mance task, the min­is­ter dis­closed, will be com­pa­ra­ble to the cur­rent school-based assess­ment done by stu­dents pre­par­ing to sit the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (CXC) ex­ams and will span grades four and five.

Reid ad­dress­ing the is­sue of qual­ity con­trol of the assess­ment said, like at CXC, teach­ers will as­sess the stu­dents at the school, but there will, how­ever, be mod­er­a­tion by way of a sam­pling mech­a­nism.

The min­is­ter said the abil­ity test would not be cur­ricu­lum-based and will be pre­sented to stu­dents in the form of mul­ti­ple-choice ques­tions.

As for high-school place­ment, the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter said there would be no changes in that re­spect. SMOOTH TRAN­SI­TION

Adamant that there must be a smooth tran­si­tion into PEP, Reid dis­closed that begin­ning Septem­ber of this year, a change-man­age­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion team will be re­spon­si­ble for pre­par­ing pri­mary-school teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors for PEP, while keep­ing the pub­lic in­formed on re­lated mat­ters.

The in­tro­duc­tion of PEP co­in­cides with the end­ing of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the na­tional stan­dards cur­ricu­lum.

This fi­nan­cial year, the min­istry has al­lo­cated $389 mil­lion for prepara­tory work and fur­ther train­ing of teach­ers for PEP.

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