Reid stands by PEP mock re­sults, clar­i­fies min­istry’s po­si­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Paul Clarke/Gleaner Writer [email protected]­

ED­U­CA­TION MIN­IS­TER Ruel Reid said that re­sults from the Pri­mary Exit Pro­file (PEP) mock exam have been mis­con­strued, not­ing that it will have no bear­ing on next year’s ac­tual ex­am­i­na­tions.

Speak­ing at the min­istry’s He­roes Cir­cle of­fices in Kingston yes­ter­day, he pointed out that based on the anal­y­sis done, he is not wor­ried about PEP’s value.

“Let me state cat­e­gor­i­cally that the min­istry stands by the re­port based on the anal­y­sis that was done of the pre­lim­i­nary re­sults of the Per­for­mance Task in Septem­ber of this year. We main­tain, also, that the in­for­ma­tion pre­sented on the com­bi­na­tion of the ‘stan­dards met’ and ‘stan­dards nearly met’ scores was de­lib­er­ately done, as based on the na­ture of the Per­for­mance Task and specif­i­cally, the ar­eas that were as­sessed, both stan­dards are deemed to be sat­is­fac­tory scores,” said Reid.

The min­is­ter also noted that the ob­jec­tives from the Na­tional Stan­dards Cur­ricu­lum that were used to de­velop the Per­for­mance Task rep­re­sented ap­prox­i­mately five per cent of the ar­eas ap­pli­ca­ble to each sub­ject.

He fur­ther stated that the Per­for­mance Task will only sam­ple a small per­cent­age of cur­ricu­lum ob­jec­tives.

“The Per­for­mance Task by it­self will not de­ter­mine how much of the cur­ricu­lum a stu­dent has achieved, thus the need for the var­i­ous com­po­nents of the Pri­mary Exit Pro­file Cur­ricu­lum Based and Per­for­mance Task,” noted the Reid.


Ac­cord­ing to him, the mock per­for­mance test was pitched at a high level of the Depth of Knowl­edge scale – lev­els three and four – which rep­re­sents strate­gic and ex­tended think­ing.

“This was done de­lib­er­ately to as­cer­tain how the stu­dents would re­spond and at­tempt the items, pri­mar­ily for in­ter­nal and base­line es­tab­lish­ing pur­poses,” Reid noted.

“Based on the pur­pose of the mock exam, there was no need to be alarmed, as the data pro­vided was very spe­cific and the tan­gi­ble in­for­ma­tion is be­ing used to sup­port those schools that were deemed to need sup­port.”

The mock exam was done based on one com­po­nent of PEP (Per­for­mance Task), which ac­counts for only 20 per cent of the over­all as­sess­ment. The Abil­ity Test and the Cur­ricu­lum-Based Test will ac­count for the re­main­ing 30 and 50 per cent, re­spec­tively.

“There­fore, it is un­rea­son­able, pre­ma­ture and a knee-jerk re­ac­tion to view the June 2018 mock Per­for­mance Task exam as an in­di­ca­tion of what will hap­pen when the ac­tual as­sess­ments are done in 2019,” Reid said.


In the mean­time, it was stated that the Per­for­mance Task com­po­nent of PEP has been resched­uled to March 27 and 28, based on a re­quest from the Ja­maica Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The tests will be car­ried out as fol­lows: I Abil­ity Test to be done on Fe­bru­ary 26, 2019

I Per­for­mance Task to be done on March 27 and 28, 2019 (in­stead of De­cem­ber 2018) I Cur­ricu­lum-Based Test to be done on April 16 and 17, 2019.

Ruel Reid, min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion, youth and in­for­ma­tion.

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