From 2021 onwards, the PSLE will be scored
with wider bands and the scores will reflect the student’s individual
performance and not his performance relative to his peers.
What the changes mean for you and your child?
The changes are more
educationally meaningful in understanding your child’s learning at this point
in his education journey, and helping him plan his next step.
Wider Scoring Bands to Reduce Fine Differentiation
The T-score will be replaced by
wider scoring bands.
Each subject will be scored
using 8 bands known as Achievement Levels (AL), with AL1 being the best
score and AL8 being the lowest score. The ALs reflect the student’s level
of achievement in the subject.
The student’s total PSLE Score
will be the sum of the four subject scores.
The PSLE Score will range from
4 (best) to 32. There are 29 possible PSLE Scores, compared to around 200
different T-scores today. This will reduce excessively fine
differentiation of students at a young age.
Scores to Reflect Student’s Own
Once a student shows a level of achievement that meets the
learning objectives of the curriculum expected at a certain AL, he will receive
the AL regardless of how his peers perform. The emphasis is on how well the
student has learnt, and not how well he has done compared to others.
We want our children to focus on their own learning instead of
trying to outdo others.
Students will continue to be
assigned to Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) courses.
This enables us to better customise our teaching to support the needs of
the children, so they can learn at a pace comfortable to them and make