MOE to release by mid-2021 indicative cut-off points for sec schools based on new PSLE grading system

SINGAPORE — To give parents of pupils sitting for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) next year a better idea of how the new scoring system will affect their children’s secondary school posting, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will release indicative cut-off point ranges for schools by mid-2021.

The MOE in a press release on Friday (Nov 6) said that it would base these cut-off points on PSLE results and school choices of this year’s Primary 6 cohort.

“The indicative cut-off points of individual schools, derived from the PSLE results and school choice patterns of the 2020 PSLE cohort, will provide the 2021 Pri 6 cohort with the most recent information to refer to,” said MOE.

From next year onwards, all Pri 5 and 6 pupils will be graded according to Achievement Level (AL) scores instead of alphabetical grades in a bid to reduce emphasis on their academic achievements.

The new scoring system, where AL1 is the highest grade and AL8 is the lowest, looks at pupils’ individual performance in subjects instead of how they do relative to their peers, which is currently the case in the T-score system.



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